The Far Downers: The people and history of Haast and Jackson Bay

Author(s): Julia Bradshaw

West Coast

People and History of Haast and Jackson Bay. 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. 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 the country people went to the movies, listened to the radio and drove cars. No radio link to the area existed until 1960.


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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.

Introduction 1 Early Settlers and Visitors -- A Special Settlement at Jackson Bay -- 3 Residents of Arawata 1875-1925 -- 4 'You grew up very innocent' / Ruby Hill (nee Eggeling) -- 5 'He ran a clinic on the back verandah and pulled 96 teeth' / Allan Cron -- 6 'I've been a bushman most of my life' / Henry Buchanan -- 7 'I rode my first bucking horse when I was eight' / Des Nolan -- 8 'The only other girl in my life was my sister' / Ann Mackey (nee Nolan) -- 9 'No such thing as rules and regulations' / Bernie Cowan -- 10 'I was just so homesick' / Myra Cowan (nee Roberts) -- 11 'We were so thrilled to have running water' / Betty Eggeling (nee Buchanan) -- 12 'I was a terrible tomboy' / Mary Jones (nee Cowell) -- Notes -- Sources -- Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781877276071
  • : unopnz
  • : unopnz
  • : September 2001
  • : 240x170mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Julia Bradshaw
  • : Paperback
  • : Reprinted edition
  • : 993.71
  • : 160pp
  • : BxW photographs