Introduction

Page 189
Choosing whose story to tell from the rich array offering, is both necessary and difficult. The descendants of those who do not appear should not be offended. Some of those chosen led interesting lives in the earliest days of the colony, some gave special service…

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Coastal path and the ferrymen

Reports of Rodney County Council meetings often mention ferries. (e.g. Weekly News, 8 December 1877; 2 March 1878). With the setting up of highways boards in the 1860s, there emerged a chain of ferries over the estuaries that obstructed coastal journeys…

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Rodmersham

Pages 234–238
Had the settlement of Nelson been sited at Mahurangi as Hobson had urged, the class structure of England would have been transplanted to the Mahurangi. But the New Zealand Company would have none of it. Instead, Mahurangi became an egalitarian…

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‘Mountain Chief’

Pages 252–253
There is a bold hill by the McElroy boundary, to which hangs another interesting Irish biography: Kennedys Hill. Terence Kennedy was born of a poor family in County Clare in west Ireland. He was snatched early from the grave when a winter storm in 1824…

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Rex and friends

Pages 255–256
Realising that winning recognition as a poet and writer was no easier in England than in New Zealand, A R D (Rex) Fairburn sailed for home in 1932, with his wife Jocelyn and child. On the ship he met Terry Bond, a New Zealander who had been successful…

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