Books — New Zealand

An Errand of Mercy: Captain Jacob Eckhoff and the Loss of the Kakanui
2001 Redmer Yska, tells how Dutch-born Jacob Eckhoff arrived in Port Chalmers in 1861 after a decade in Australia, most likely after a stint in California, married his Scottish-born wife, Isabella Scott Napier, in Dunedin in 1865 and mounted a rescue expedition in 1890 to save the lives of stranded sealers on Macquarie Island
A5, soft cover, 106pp, b/w photos, illustrations, bibliography
ISBN 0473076993, NZ$29.95, AUD$28.00 (incl p+h)
Available from
Banshee Books, 32 Harbour View Road, Northland, Wellington, New Zealand
An Errand of Mercy: Captain Jacob Eckhoff and the Loss of the Kakanui

A Night of Terror: Wairarapa's 1942 Earthquake
A Night of Terror: Wairarapas 1942 Earthquake
2002 Jan McLaren, traces the history of Wairarapa and Wellington earthquakes, recreates the dramatic events of 24 June 1942 and the aftermath in Masterton and surrounding towns and countryside
24mm x 17mm, soft cover, 94pp, 60+ photos/illustrations, index
ISBN 0958205345, NZ$19.95 (plus p+h)
Available from
Wairarapa Archives
79 Queen Street, Masterton, New Zealand

A Sort of Conscience: The Wakefields
2003 Philip Temple, biography of Edward Gibbon Wakefield and his brothers who played a key but controversial role in the early British settlement of New Zealand, Australia and Canada
250 x 178mm, hard cover, 580pp, bibliography, index, notes
ISBN 1869402766, NZ$72.95 (incl p+h in NZ)

Available from
Auckland University Press, PO Box 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
A Sort of Conscience: The Wakefields

Captured by Maori
Captured by Maori
2004 Trevor Bentley, tells the womens stories including those of Charlotte Badger, Ann Morley, Caroline Perrett and Elizabeth Guard, and explores contemporary myths that all the women were mistreated and held against their will paperback, 282pp, b/w photos, illustrations, bibliography, index
ISBN 0143019236, rrp NZ$35.00 in good bookshops

Available from
Penguin Books
Private Bag 102902 NSMC, Auckland, New Zealand

Coal Range and Candlelight: Women of Methven & Districts
2001 compiled by the Methven Womens History Group, contains 156 stories (oral and written recollections) covering pioneer to present day from the plains to the high country plus researched material from primary and secondary sources A4, hard cover, 344pp, index of maiden and married names, 222 photos, pen and ink drawings
NZ$45.00 (plus p+h)

Available from
Mrs A E Richards, Methven Womens History Group, No 12 RD, Rakaia, New Zealand
Coal Range and Candlelight: Women of Methven & Districts

Crumbs of Leithfield
Crumbs of Leithfield
2002 4th ed., originally compiled for and by the Leithfield School Reunion 1979, this updated edition provides a pictorial history of the township from early settlement to the present day, including an alphabetical index to cemetery burial records 1873–2002 and many school class photos
A4, soft cover, 304pp, 260 b/w photos, illustrations, maps, bibliography, NZ$25.00 (plus p+h)
Available from
Leithfield Public Library, 27 Old Main North Rd, Leithfield, New Zealand

Easily The Best: The life of Helen Connon (1857-1903
Easily The Best: The life of Helen Connon 1857–1903
2004 Margaret Lovell-Smith, biography of the first woman in the British Empire to obtain an honours degree (MA 1881) who later became the second principal of Christchurch Girls High School and had the first residential hall at the University of Canterbury named after her
158 x 228mm, paperback, 139pp, bibliography, b/w photos, index, notes
ISBN 1877257273 NZ$34.95 (plus p+h)
Available from

Canterbury University Press, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand

Find your Family on the Internet
2005 Ros Henry, provides the basics of sound genealogical research but deals exclusively with the Internet, written in clear, concise language with all the basics of sound genealogical research in a lively and clear design
210 x 170mm, soft cover, 152pp
ISBN 9781877361098, NZ$29.95 (plus p+h)

Available from

Random House (NZ) Ltd
Private Bag 102950, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland
Find your Family on the Internet

Forgotten Forty-Niners
Forgotten Forty–Niners
2003 Colin Amodeo with Ron Chapman, a comprehensive and detailed account of the years 1849–1850 in Canterbury and the difficulties as well as the triumphs of the men and women who were the true founders of the new colony. Those who arrived in December 1850 aboard the now legendary First Four Ships were fortunate to have had the foundations of settlement already prepared for them A4, soft cover, 236pp, epilogue, appendices, notes, bibliography, 34 colour plates, over 166 b/w photos and illustrations, maps
ISBN 0908563957, NZ$59.95 (plus p&h)
Available from
The Caxton Press, 113 Victoria Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

From Ulster to New Ulster
2004 edited by Brad Patterson, contains the revised texts of papers presented at the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies New Zealand week held in Northern Ireland in 2003 plus one by James Watson and a short essay from New Zealand's former Chief Historian
A5, soft cover, 90pp, b/w illustrations, maps
ISBN 0476006781, NZ$19.95 (plus p+h)
Available from
Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand
From Ulster to New Ulster

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