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Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky – New Zealand's 19th Century Hero

Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky – New Zealand's 19th Century Hero

America has always celebrated its 19th Century Heroes, who were in many ways deeply flawed individuals, but all of whom could never be accused of being uninteresting. These begin with Daniel Boone and end with Butch Cassidy and in many ways all of these characters strike a chord with how America sees itself, in a way that does great credit to America as a people. All of these 19th Century American Heroes were firstly competent people who did something extremely well, whether it was killing Indians or robbing banks and all did it as Frank Sinatra sang in the song “My Way.”  Now that does not mean that Americans have to agree that killing Indians or robbing banks  is a good thing, it is more an admiration firstly of competence and the considerable courage that is required to live and die without bothering too much what other people think.  Which is a good summation of what essentually a Hero has always been to human society.

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