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THE DICTIONARY OF NEW ZEALAND BIOGRAPHY VOLUME ONE 1769-1869
W.H. Oliver (Editor)
ISBN004641052X
$95.00

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume One, 1769-1869.  The Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington. First edition.

Allen & Unwin, Wellington, 1990. Hardback with dust-jacket, 674 pages. SECONDHAND 


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THE DICTIONARY OF NEW ZEALAND BIOGRAPHY VOLUME TWO 1870-1900
W.H. Oliver (Editor)
ISBN0908912498
$95.00

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume Two, 1870-1900. The Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington. First edition, 1993.

Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1993. Hardback with dust-jacket, 664 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE DICTIONARY OF NEW ZEALAND BIOGRAPHY VOLUME THREE 1901-1920
Claudia Orange, general editor
ISBN1869402006
$95.00

This volume presents the lives of 606 people who shaped New Zealanders in the period between the war in South Africa and the end of the Great War, a period of a new sense of national identity and Dominion status.

Auckland University Press and the Dept of Internal Affairs, 1996. Hardback with dust-jacket, 650 pages. SECONDHAND 


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THE DICTIONARY OF NEW ZEALAND BIOGRAPHY VOLUME FOUR 1921-1940
Claudia Orange, general editor
ISBN1869402030
$95.00
This volume presents the lives of 613 people who shaped the lives of New Zealanders in the interwar period of radio, motorised transport, the great depression and recovery.

Auckland University Press, 1998. Hardback with dust-jacket, 650 pages. SECONDHAND 

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THE DICTIONARY OF NEW ZEALAND BIOGRAPHY VOLUME FIVE 1941-1960
NZ Department of Internal Affairs
ISBN869402243
$95.00

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume Five, 1941-1960.  The Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.

Auckland University Press, 2000. Hardback with dust-jacket, 679 pages. SECONDHAND 


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LANDS FOR THE PEOPLE?
Tom Brooking
ISBN1877133213
$45.00

The Highland Clearances and the colonisation of New Zealand. A biography of John McKenzie, the Minister of Lands and Agriculture who split up the pastoral estates. Sunned to spine.

Otago University Press, Dunedin, 1996. Softback. 363 pages. SECONDHAND


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MEMOIR OF THE LIFE AND EPISCOPATE OF GEORGE AUGUSTUS SELWYN
H W Tucker
510260034
$175.00

A memoir and biography of George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand 1841-1869 and Bishop of Lichfield 1867-1878. Two quarter-leather volumes, leather backs have been strengthened with archival tape over the leather. The hinges are a little stiff.

William Wells Gardner, London, 1879. Hardback with no dust jackets. 399 + 393 pages. SECONDHAND


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DEAR TYRANT, AN EXTRAORDINARY COLONIAL LIFE
Barrie Allom
ISBN9780992247522
$42.50

Albert James Allom, friend of Edward Gibbon Wakefield and survey cadet for the New Zealand Company, had a varied and interesting life both in New Zealand and abroad. Runholder in the Wairarapa and manager on Great Barrier Island.

Wairarapa Archive / Fraser Books, Masterton, 2014. Softback. 315 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE SEVEN LIVES OF LADY BARKER
Betty Gilderdale
ISBN9781869532895
$42.50

Biography of the author of 'Station Life in New Zealand' who had a rich and sometimes turbulent life in Jamaica, England, South Africa, Mauritius, Australia and Trinidad. An intellegent woman of many gifts this life makes fascinating reading.

David Bateman, Auckland, 1996. Hardback with dust jacket. 312 pages. SECONDHAND


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LETTERS ON THE GO. Suzanne Aubert
Jessie Munro, editor
ISBN9781877242410
$39.99

The edited correspondence of Suzanne Aubert, founder and leader of the Sisters of Our Lady of Compassion, 1868-1926. A fascinating and revealing insight into her life.

Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2009. Softback. 635 pages. NEW


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SINGER IN A SONGLESS LAND A Life of Edward Tregear 1846-1931
K.R. Howe
ISBN1869400585
$47.50

Traces Tregear's career from his youth on the New Zealand frontier in the 1860s, through his contribution to Maori and Polynesian studies and his role as Secretary of the Department of Labour.

Auckland University Press, 1991. Hardback with dust jacket. 241 pages. SECONDHAND


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SIR APIRANA NGATA A PRELIMINARY BIBLIOGRAPHY OF HIS PRINTED WORK
E R Erwin
71020182
$30.00

Lists Ngata's monographs and pamphlets, contirbutions to newspapers and periodicals, and his Parliamentary speeches and reports. Bibliographical series No. 7.

Library School, National Library Service, Wellington, 1964. Softback. 62 pages,. SECONDHAND


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ETTIE. A Life of Ettie Rout
Jane Tolerton
ISBN97801400172164
$47.50

Six decades before the term 'safe sex' was coined, Ettie Rout went to war to protect soldiers from venereal disease. She saw service in Cairo and London and in Paris she ran a complete social and sexual welfare service for ANZAC soldiers of World War One.

Penguin Books NZ Ltd., Auckland, 1992. Paperback. 283 pages. SECONDHAND


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ETTIE ROUT New Zealand's safer sex pioneer
Jane Tolerton
ISBN9780143573241
$35.00

Ettie Rout pioneered safe sex and prophylactics for the ANZAC troops in the First World War, with educational work in Cairo, London and Paris. Castigated by the press, she was applauded by the troops and some military officials for keeping men fit for duty. A new, updated work following the author's earlier biography of Ettie Rout.

Penguin/ Random House, New Zealand, 2015. Softback. 256 pages. NEW


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DENIS GLOVER HIS LIFE
Gordon Ogilvie
ISBN1869620380
$37.50

A biography of one of New Zealand's leading literary figures. Glover was a poet, typographer, publisher, sportsman, war hero and occasional wit.

Godwit, Auckland, 1999. Hardback with dustjacket. Illustrated. 544 Pages. SECONDHAND


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ANGEL OF THE ANZACS The Life of Nola Luxford
Carole van Grondelle
ISBN9780864733979
$30.00

Nola Luxford's life spanned the twentieth century and circled the globe, taking her from Hawke's Bay to Hollywood and New York. She became well known in NZ for her radio broadcasts, but it was the ANZAC club that she considered was her greatest achievement.

Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2000. Softback. 238 pages. SECONDHAND


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WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL, A LIFE OF JANET FRAME
Michael King
ISBN 0670893714
$32.50

A biography of New Zealand’s most well known and least public author, written by another much loved New Zealand writer, quite a combination.

Viking Penguin Books NZ, Auckland, 2000. Hardback with dust-jacket. 583 pages. SECONDHAND


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BEING PAKEHA
Michael King
ISBN0340387750
$30.00

The first and groundbreaking book to specifically examine the nature, the problems and the responsibilities of Pakeha New Zealand. King called it 'an ethnic biography.' FIRST EDITION.

Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1985. Hardback with dust jacket. 214 pages. SECONDHAND


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HORNCASTLE'S, HERO OR HELL RAISER
Graeme Horncastle
ISBN9780473317867
$32.50

Biography of a forebear of the Horncastle family, Charlie Jacobsen, who variously tried his hand as a gold miner, fisherman and launchmaster in French Pass and Marlborough Sounds, and the first to discover uranium in New Zealand.

Pavilions Hotel Ltd., Christchurch, 2015. Softback. 192 pages. SECONDHAND


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HORNCASTLE'S SUITCASE A New Zealand Family Story
Graeme Horncastle
ISBN9780473182021
$32.50

The story of Graeme Horncastle and his family, a journey from humble beginnings to success and wealth and then tragedy. Finally getting life back together and finding peace of mind.

Pavillions Hotel Ltd., Christchurch, 2011. Softback. 360 pages. SECONDHAND


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MY FIRST EIGHTY YEARS
Helen Wilson
71028041
$30.00

Autobiography of Helen Wilson nee Ostler, raised in Timaru, she taught in Canterbury before farming in Levin and the King Country. A member of the Women's Division of the Farmer's Union she had contact with many NZ notables. First published in 1950.

Paul's Book Arcade, Hamilton, 1956. Hardback with dust jacket. 240 pages. SECONDHAND


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FIRTH OF WELLINGTON
Sir James Elliott
310240603
$30.00

Illustrated biography of NZ educationalist J.P. Firth, headmaster of Wellington College for twenty nine years 1891-1920. 

Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1937. Hardback with dust jacket. 228 pages. SECONDHAND


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KOWHAI AND ORCHID, LIFE ON TWO ISLANDS
Robert Paterson
ISBN9780473151300
$42.50

The life of a Kiwi Presbyterian Minister in New Zealand and Indonesia. Robert Paterson from Kirwee in Canterbury, has been a missionary to Indonesia since 1976, mainly at Sulawesi. THIS COPY is signed by the author.

Robert M Paterson, Dunedin, 2009. Softback. 232 pages. SECONDHAND


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TRAVEL WARRANT
Bernard Fergusson
ISBN0002167921
$30.00

Autobiography of former Governor-General of New Zealand. This work covers his non-military travels around the world, including to the South Pole, observing civil war in Nigeria and Algeria, and a cruise of the South Pacific in his role as Governor-General.

William Collins, London, 1979. Hardback with dust jacket. 253 pages. SECONDHAND


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NO DRAGONS YET
St George Chapman
ISBN1877162094
$50.00

Autobiography of  St George including his stint in the New Zealand Engineers in the Middle East during WWII. THIS COPY has presentation inscription by the author to the title page.

Orca Publishing, Christchurch, 1998. Hardback with dust jacket. 126 pages. SECONDHAND


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BOOT IN THE STIRRUP
Ian Sinclair
ISBN0589007785
$35.00
Mustering reminiscences in the North Island from the 1940s-1960. Ohinewairua, Mangaohane, Ngamatea, Te Horoa, Pohonui.

AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 120 pages. SECONDHAND


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RIDLEY - COME IN
E G Smith
51029071
$30.00

Biographical memoir of the author's father, George Sackville Ridley, born in Sydney. Ridley came to New Zealand and practised as an Agricultural Instructor. In this role he was killed by Stanley Graham at Kowhiterangi.

E G Smith, Dunedin, 1987. Softback. 44 pages. SECONDHAND


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FROM ROTENBERG TO RECTOR
Alon Shaw
ISBN9780476014497
$42.50

The life and career of Mervyn Ansley Bull ED, MSc, BCom, soldier, teacher, churchman. Bull was a long serving rector at Timaru Boys High School, and was a POW during WWII. THIS COPY is signed by the author.

Timaru High School Old Boys Foundation, Timaru, 2005. Softback. 271 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE LONG LONG TRAIL, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
M M Thorp
61026033
$37.50

Autobiography by a woman who recounts her nursing career at Wellington Hospital, the Napier earthquake, and her travels abroad.

Hart Printing House Ltd., Hastings, 1971. Hardback with dust jacket. 110 pages. SECONDHAND


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BLOODY MARVELLOUS
D. Holman and C. Catley, editors
ISBN9781877340062
$30.00

Biography of WWII  Hungarian refugee who went on to found Haydn & Rollett, the Auckland construction company. Illustrated.

Cape Catley Ltd., Auckland, 2006. Softback. 115 pages. SECONHAND


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PUBLIC RELATIONS ON ICE! TWO DESERTS
Jim Henderson
ISBN0473076012
$37.50

A memoir by Jim of his life and times. Includes Nelson College, Middle East service where he was wounded and captured at Sidi Rezegh, POW in Italy, and his trips to Antarctica. THIS COPY has an inscription in felt by the author to the endpaper.

Jim Henderson, Royal Oak, 2001. Hardback with no dust jacket. 79 pages. SECONDHAND


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CAMPBELL WEST-WATSON, BOY BISHOP TO ARCHBISHOP
Martin Sims
ISBN9781927167243
$34.99

A biography of Campbell West-Watson, Anglican Bishop of Christchurch (1926-51) and Archbishop of New Zealand (1940-51). Details his work in the Ecumenical Movement and the Pacific ministry.

Wily Publications Ltd., Christchurch, 2016. Softback. 265 pages. NEW


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CORA - A WILDING SEED
Elizabeth Mathews
ISBN0790473057589
$37.50

Biography of Cora Wilding, an artists and social reformer. She founded the New Zealand Youth Hostel Association and the Sunlight League health programs.

IYNX Books, Cheviot, 1999. Softback.191 pages. SECONDHAND


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FOOTPRINTS, HARNESSING AN INHERITANCE INTO A LEGACY
Roy McKenzie
ISBN9780958204606
$30.00

A memoir and autobiography by the man who inherited the McKenzies department stores and set up a charitable foundation. He was in Bomber Command in WWII and involved in alpine sports, skiing and mountaineering and trekking. THIS COPY is signed by the author.

Te Aro Press, Wellington, 1998. Softback. 279 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE DAY'S RUN
H B Anderson
61029023
$35.00

Biography including the history of his forebears, descendants of Alexander Anderson and Jean Harper of Inveresk, Midlothian. Author served with Navy in WWI, involved with Andersons Foundry and Woolston Works. Much information on colonial development and industry, and the various family branches worldwide, right up to the 1970s.

Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 381 pages. SECONDHAND


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A MAN FROM THE MINISTRY
W Frank Ponder
ISBN0473036843
$37.50

Tales of a New Zealand architect. Ponder worked for the Ministry of Works. Includes assignments in Polynesia and the Pacific Islands, as well as building Scott Base in Antarctica.

Caxton Press for Wenlock House, Christchurch, 1996. Hardback with dust jacket. 160 pages. SECONDHAND 


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DIVERSIONS OF A PROFESSOR IN NEW ZEALAND
D W Carmalt Jones
61022101
$37.50

Collection of writings by Dudley William Carmalt-Jones (1874–1957) a Professor of systematic medicine at Otago. Includes accounts of tramps in New Zealand, literary studies and poetry, and some sketches and paintings.

AH and AW Reed, Dunedin, 1945. Hardback with dust jacket. 184 pages. SECONDHAND


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SOME OF MY YESTERDAYS
Marion Shepherd edited by Rona Adshead
ISBN0908629257
$30.00

The autobiography of Marion Shepherd, born in Londonderry in 1893.  She emigrated to Canterbury, New Zealand and had a long career in midwifery, Plunket and nursing.

Craig Printing Co. Ltd., Invercargill, 1989. Softback. 184 pages. SECONDHAND


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HAROLD JOHN JENKS AN ORAL HISTORY
Recorded by Kate Cowan, edited by Pamela Neal
71026072
$30.00

Jenks was interviewed when he was 100 years old. Born in Kent in 1906, he emigrated to New Zealand in 1924. He had an interesting life in various parts of the country.

2007. Softback. 155 pages. SECONDHAND


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AUNT PEARL'S STORY
M A Jennings
7102804
$30.00

Autobiography by Margaret 'Aunt Pearl' Jennings who was an NZ Church Missionary Society member in China and Fiji working with orphans. Raised in Oamaru, educated at Otago University, she spent most of her life helping the Chinese community in Hong Kong and Suva.

Miss P Mills, Suva, 1981. Softback. 84 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE FRIEND OF KEATS
E H McCormick
ISBN0864730810
$35.00

A life of Charles Armitage Brown, who was an intimate friend of Keats who lodged with him for a time. Brown emigrated to New Plymouth where he died in 1842.

Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1989. Hardback with dust jacket. 256 pages. SECONDHAND


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MARY TAYLOR, FRIEND OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE
Edited by Joan Stevens
71029021
$42.50

Letters fron New Zealand and elsewhere from one of Brontes Yorkhire friends who emigrated to New Zealand, yet kept up a lively correspondence with Bronte and Ellen Nussey.

Auckland University Press, 1972. Hardback with dust jacket. 192 pages. SECONDHAND


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HARD MEN True Stories from the New Zealand Heartland
Philip Holden
ISBN9781869504236
$32.50

Articles on a selection of good Kiwi blokes from the north to the south. Fishermen, farmers, High Country musterers, SAR, Police etc.

Harper Collins, Auckland, 2002. Softback. 136 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE OPPORTUNITY SHOP
Michael Mence
ISBN9781877228315
$37.50

Growing up in New Zealand 1948-1963. Mence recalls his experiences at home and abroad and based on this gives his views of the direction of New Zealand society and how it's ills may be remedied.

Steele Roberts Publishing, Wellington, 1999. Softback. 108 pages. SECONDHAND


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TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE
Denise Heather Tilling
ISBN047304919X
$32.50

Biographical memoir and account of a New Zealand transsexual seaman's transition from man to woman.

Denise Heather Tilling, 2000. Softback. 231pages. SECONDHAND


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MY STORY, MEMOIRS OF A NEW ZEALAND NURSE
Mary Lambie
710201715
$32.50

Mary began nursing training at Christchurch Hospital in 1910. She visited many places around the world as part of her career, and recounts working in the Pacific and during WW2. She became involved in the management side of nursing.

N M Peryer Ltd., Christchurch, 1956. Hardback with dust jacket. 189 pages. SECONDHAND


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GWENNIE'S DIARY A Kiwi's world tour to Yorkshire 1939-40.
Gwynne Irene Peacock edited by Anthony Dodswoth
ISBN9781781552681
$37.50

A Kiwi's world tour to Yorkshire 1939-40. Gwennie Peacock travelled from Auckland on an around the world tour en-route to visit family in Yorkshire. Mostly she writes of her time in England, including being smuggled down the coal-mines during a shift.

Fonthill Media Ltd. 2014. Hardback with dust jacket. 253 pages. SECONDHAND


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LONG JOURNEY TO THE BORDER
Vincent O'Sullivan
ISBN9780143018771
$32.50

A Life of John Mulgan the ex-pat author, soldier,and SOE agent who coordinated Greek guerillas. Gifted in many ways, he committed suicide at the close of the war, when he was only 33 years old.

Penguin Books, Auckland, 2003. Softback. 368 pages. SECONDHAND


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BILL HYSLOP REMEMBERS
William E Hyslop
81021013
$32.50

The autobiography of a motorist who started on horse and buggy, proceeding to bicycles, motor-cycles and cars. A mix of motoring, horse-racing, engineering and farming memories, from around the country. Hyslop was born in Scotland in 1882, and came to Christchurch as a young boy.

Pictorial Publications Ltd., Hastings, undated. Softback. 44 pages. SECONDHAND 


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AS I REMEMBER IT
Ann Riach
81023022
$20.00

Ann reminiscences on her childhood in Scotland, before she emigrated with her father who had a teaching position in New Zealand. Self published laser printing but nicely done and well bound with folded sewn sheets. With photographs.

Ann Riach, (1990?). Hardback with no dust jacket. 166 pages. SECONDHAND


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SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE ANIMALS
Michael Willis
ISBN0723306796
$32.50

Memoir of a lifetime spent with animals. Michael spent some time in England before returning to NZ and setting up the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch. Includes the story of the Arapawa goat rescue and cull.

Whitcoulls, Christchurch, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 175 pages. SECONDHAND


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HORSES PEOPLE AND FUN
Freda White
ISBN0589009745
$30.00

Freda recounts her experiences with the 'horsey' set. She spent a lifetime in equestrian pursuits, mainly in the North Island.

AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 111 pages. SECONDHAND


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DAYS THAT HAVE BEEN
Mary Scott
ISBN0582717574
$30.00

An autobiography by this well known author, who was a school-teacher before her marriage to a back-blocks farmer in Pirongia near Te Awamutu. First published in 1966.

Longman Paul Limited, Auckland, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 207 pages. SECONDHAND


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WITH A PEN IN MY HAND
Ruth Flashoff
ISBN9781877228643
$30.00

The memoirs of Ruth Flashoff, a journalist, educator and school Principal, who helped establish the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during WWII. Born in the UK she grew up in New Zealand and her life has been deciated to community service.

Steele Roberts, Wellington, 2000. Softback.195 pages. SECONDHAND


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A LIFETIME AT SCHOOL
Nelson Maclean
81026003
$30.00

House Master at Wanaganui Collegiate School from 1932 until 1961, Nelson recounts his schooling, military service, and teaching career, and incidentally the history of the school as well.

C N Maclean, Wanganui, 1982. Softback. 160 pages. SECONDHAND


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OUT OF THE SHADOWS The Life of Millicent Baxter
Penny Griffith
ISBN9780473335106
$42.50

A biography of this important woman who through her own, and the achievements of her extended family the MacMillan Browns and Baxters, affected the development of  New Zealand society and culture in social, political and artistic fields.

Pen Publishing, Wellington, 2015. Softback. 257 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE DOWNING STREET YEARS Signed by Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher
ISBN9780002550499
$125.00

Autobiography of her Prime Ministerial career, including the Falklands War, Miner's Strike and troubles with the IRA and the Brighton Bombing. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  THIS COPY has a presentation inscription on title page signed by Margaret Thatcher. Third impression.

Harper Collins, London, 1993. Hardback with dust jacket.914 pages. SECONDHAND


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A ROLLING STONE
Geoffrey Moss
ISBN9780958353847
$30.00

Memoirs of a Taranaki farm Cadet who went on to work for the Department of Agriculture and the UN seeing him visit America, Asia and the Pacific. THIS COPy has a signed presentation inscription.

Moss Associates Ltd., Wellington, 2000. Softback. 211 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE PERPETUAL FOREIGNER
Athena Ellis
ISBN9781491269978
$30.00

A memoir by a Greek whose family were refugees in Romania, Hungary, Holland and England before settling in New Zealand. She recounts the effects of WW2 and post war Communist states.

Athena Ellis, Christchurch, 2013. Softback. 251 pages. SECONDHAND