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"This thing of Darkness"-Harry Thompson.Historical novel surrounding real life and times of Captain FitzRoy-responsible for Admiralty survey work in Tierre del Fuego/Straits of Magellan;captain of the surveying Brig-The Beagle;Darwins nemesis;first governor of New Zealand who believed in treating all men equally;only survived in job for a year after Treaty of Waitangi because he stood up for rights of Maori .
Last but not least was the founding father of modern meteorology and the British Admiralty Met Office.
A totally enthralling docudrama.
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