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
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
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
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
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
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
Award winning biography of the French Catholic girl who came to New Zealand in the 1860s to work amongst the Maori and Pakeha of the Hawke's Bay. A founding member of the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion.
Auckland University Press, 1997. Softback. 464 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
This life of one of the best poets of the twentieth century has been fifteen years in the making. It is the definitive biography, a brilliant talker he was a deeply self aware and complex man and a gifted writer.Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. 320 pages. SECONDHAND
This life of one of the best poets of the twentieth century has been fifteen years in the making. It is the definitive biography, a brilliant talker he was a deeply self aware and complex man and a gifted writer.
Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1992. Softback. 320 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
New Zealander Kathleen Hall trained as a nurse and went to China in 1923. She became fluent in the language and spent her life working with the poor in remote regions. She is well remembered in China today.
Polygraphia Ltd., Auckland, 2006. Softback. 154 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 120 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
John Desmond Gregan had a variety of careers-farming, valuing and land administration. He writes of his life and of his interests in drama, climbing, horse racing and land development. He has spent time in Westland and Canterbury.
Des Gregan, Christchurch, 1997. Softback. 192 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
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
Biographical memoir and account of a New Zealand transsexual seaman's transition from man to woman.
Denise Heather Tilling, 2000. Softback. 231pages. SECONDHAND
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
A New Zealand Nurse recounts her travels about Europe, Iraq and India including service during WWII. This is a poor copy, lacking the jackets and with some names written or blacked out to the title page and final page. Some photographs.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, (1945). Softback. 110 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Autobiography of a woman who, after attending Auckland Girls Grammar School served the New Zealand federation of University Women (NZFUW), and the National Council of Women.
Dorothy Winstone, 2009. Softback. 232 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
Mabel also known as Polly, recounts her nursing career and later life in New Zealand. She created the Mary Barrett forest from a former rubbish dump. She spent some time at Campbell Island
Pollock Books, Devonport, 2007. Softback. 390 pages. SECONDHAND
A biography of Jane Maria Atkinson (nee Richmond), resident in New Zealand from 1854. Her life as well as that of her extended family in the colonial period.
Allen and Unwin/ Port Nicholson Press, Wellington, 1989. Softback. 416 pages. SECONDHAND
John recounts how he has led a full life despite being affected with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which means his limbs do not function fully.
John Arthur Irwin, Ashburton, 2009. Softback. 144 pages. SECONDHAND
A biographical study of the man who was responsible for the comprehensive library of New Zealand and related books. Details of his business life and collecting mania.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, 1974. Hardback with dust jacket. 324 pages. SECONDHAND
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
Raised in the King Country, Brough became a successful farmer and champion shearer winning the Golden Shears. He has also hunted pig, deer and big game overseas. He recounts his world travel, farming career, and hunting experiences.
Fraser Books, Masterton, 2014. Softback. 325 pages. SECONDHAND
The true story of Winifred Blick's life from her childhood in South Canterbury 1913 until the 1940s. She worked as a maid and farmhand through the Depression.
David Bateman, Auckland, 1997. Softback. 222 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of the historically notable Canterbury figure of James Shelley; professor, educator, art critic, actor-manager, craftsman and Director of Broadcasting.
Auckland University Press, Auckland, New Zealand, 1993. Hardback with dust jacket. 339 pages. SECONDHAND
Missionary printer William Colenso established New Zealand's first printing press and printed New Zealand's first book, 5000 copies of the New Testament in Maori. A missionary, local and national politician, and staunch defender of the Maori and their equality, he also had an interested in botany, and would combine all these aspects in his travels around the North Island of New Zealand.
Otago University Press, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2012. Paperback. 510 pages. AS NEW
The story of the hard tempered Scottish born Donald McLean, land purchaser and politician who used his position in government to secure land for his personal ventures, and provoked war between the Maori. McLean's role behind some of the most heated land controversies of settler-era New Zealand is well known, but this book takes us beyond those deeds into the private life of a man behind his public persona.
Penguin, Auckland, New Zealand, 2015. Paperback. 256 pages. AS NEW
The story of lay missionary Thomas Kendall, who later went on to be ordained. He clashed frequently with the Church Missionary Society, and was eventually dismissed from his duties. He and three others eventually went on to produce the first book of Maori Grammar.
Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, New Zealand, 2005. Paperback. 264 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of New Zealand's first fully professional composer, and leading figure in Australian music, Alfred Hill.
Oxford University Press, Auckland, New Zealand, 1980. Hardback with dust jacket. 239 pages. SECONDHAND
The life story of one Roderick Mackenzie, told in his own words, and illustrated with a number of reproduced photographs.
Roderick Mackenzie, 2005. Paperback. 253 pages. SECONDHAND
Sonja Davies continues the story of her life, tracing her election as the first woman vice-president of the FOL, and as Labour MP for Pencarrow. Her life becomes a whirlwind of campaigns, tours, and conferences at which she continues to champion the rights of women and the underprivileged.
Random House New Zealand Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand, 1997. Paperback. 232 pages. SECONDHAND