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Far Downers
Far Downers

At the end of the road on the southwest coast of the South Island, Jackson Bay is today a fishing village. In 1874, it was established as a special settlement for European immigrants, some of whom refused to disembark from their ships, such were the harsh and isolated conditions of life they saw before them. Those who remained were a feisty lot, living a pioneering life while elsewhere in New Zealand people went to the movies, listened to the radio and drove cars. No road link to the area existed until 1960. This book introduces the reader to the Maori and European history of the Haast district, and shares the life stories of nine people who grew up there in the first half of the twentieth century.

Julia Bradshaw is a researcher and writer who lives on the West Coast near Kokatahi. She has worked in museums for twelve years and is currently employed at Shantytown, near Greymouth. She has written four books, including Arrowtown: History and Walks, also published by Otago University Press.



Price: $39.99

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