Books on the history of Marlborough people and places. Regional local history of the towns and cities in Marlborough Province.

All these prices are in New Zealand dollars, and there is a minimum order required of NZD$20 excluding postage.

APLIN Jeanette 
The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife: An Autobiography
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A memoir of time spent as the wife of the lighthouse keeper of Stephens Island in the Marlborough Sounds.
The island is most prominent as a nature reserve for tuatara and other endangered species.
coastal buildings, lighthouse, biography, Cook Strait, Takapourewa

VG- softback with mild crease to covers.
$30 C/B
Cape Catley Ltd. 2001, 228pp + plates.
[#3594 ]

Scrutiny on the County

A history of Marlborough and the Marlborough City Council. From the Wairau massacre to 1985. THIS COPY has a signed presentation inscription by the author to the dedication page.

VG hardback in a G+ dust jacket with a few tape repaired tears to edges. Bottom rear corner of endpaper map has minor marker note over blank part of the map.
$30 C/C
Marlborough County Council 1986 first edition, 255pp.

BURTON David   Confessions of Richard Burgess

The Maungatapu Murders and other grisly tales from the gold rush period in Marlborough. New Zealand's own bushrangers.

VG+ softback with sewn binding. $30 C/B Reed 1983, 190 pages + plates. ISBN0589014609 [#2496 new zealand history marlborough ]

Nelson Lakes National Park Resource Manual
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A survey of the region with information on meteorology, hydrology, gology, soils, botany, biology and zoology.
Also the social history of human activity in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Rotoiti lodge workshop september 1978, conservation, statistics, survey, Tasman, St Arnaud

VG- softback
$45 B/C
Department of Lands and Survey 1981, 227pp.
[#4219 ]

DAWBER Carol and Cheryl Win 
North of Kahurangi, West of Golden Bay
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A photographic history of Kahurangi and Westhaven Inlet, on the South Island's West Coast.
Landscape format with illustrations and maps, 22x29 cm.
Nelson, Golden Bay, history, Mangarakau, Benara Timber Company, Rakopi, Bassetts Point Mill, Prouse and Saunders coalmine, Prouse and Saunders Mill, Whanganui Inlet, Te Hapu, Shark Heads, Paturau River, Paturau, Puni Paua, Sandhill Creek, Lake Otuhie, Anatori, Anaweka River, Turimawiwi, Kahurangi Lighthouse, West Whanganui Inlet, Karaka, Parkeston, Flaxmilling, Taitapu Battery, Aorangi Mine, Slaty Creek

VG softback
$65 B/C
River Press 2001 first edition, 167 + 8pp.
[#3859 ]

Kei Puta te Wairau
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A History of Marlborough in Maori Times.
Tory Channel, Pelorus Sound, Titirangi, Quenn Charlotte Sound, Okiwi Bay, Tuna Bay

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$45 C/A
Whitcombe and Tombs 1957 first edition, 120pp + plates.
[#4162 ]

Guards of the Sea
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History of the Guard family in New Zealand which began when Jacky Guard began whaling from Te Awaiti in Tory Channel in 1831.
Resident in Port Underwood and Kakapo Bay, the family still work the sea in the Marlborough Sounds.
whaling, marlborough sounds, cook strait, genealogy

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with some minor tape repaired tears along the dust jacket folds.
$65 B/C
Whitcoulls 1978 first edition, 192pp.
[#2689 ]

The Exiles of Asbestos Cottage

The romantic story of runaway lovers Henry and Ann Chaffey, who lived a lifetime in a remote Nelson cottage near the Cobb Valley.
Contents: Up, Up and Away, Woman Alone, The Noble Country, Asbestos Cottage, Chaffey Was A Wet Boot Man, Packmen and Trackmen, Meteor 20/6/619,
Annie and Chaffey Were Lovers, The Abominable Brew or The Worms Turn, Enter an Aussie, Cobb and Company, The Wolves of Winter, The Terrible Return.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor edge wear
$35 C/C
Hodder 1981 First edition, 248pp.
[#3010 ]

HUNT Christine  
1893 Onwards....

Reminiscences of Golden Bay A. & P. Shows. Illustrated with photos.
This copy is autographed by the author.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with minor wear.
$35 C/B
Golden Bay A&P Association 1979 (?) first edition leatherette, 80pp.
[#1912 ]

KELLY Henry D.   As High as the Hills, the Centennial History of Picton

A full history of the settlement and development of Picton, including the surrounding areas of Queen Charlotte Sound, Tory Channel and the Waitohi Valley to the Para.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with some edge tears.
Signed by author.
$35 C/C
Cape Catley 1976, 262 pages + plates.
[#2522 ]

Cockle Cove
Malborough Sounds Haven for Four Generations
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A family history firmly based in this small cove in the Sounds.
Cockle Cove in the Bay of Many Coves in the Marlborough Sounds, is accessible only by water. Lorna Manson's parents bought land there in 1925, when the area was being cleared for a dairy farm and when whaling still occurred in the outer Sounds.
Ada and Ernest Cull wanted to preserve the bush and bay as the haven it was and still is.
In her warm and well illustrated account, Lorna writes of the incidents, politics, wildlife and boats she's experienced, and the people who have dropped anchor in this small slice of paradise.
Queen Charlotte Sound, biography, genealogy, Hindmarsh, Maddever, O'Callaghan, Manson

VG+ softback, signed by the author.
$25 C/C
Cape Catley Ltd 2000, 235pp.
[#3866 ]

MATTHEWS Prudence 
Around St Arnaud
With pen and ink
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Prudence has collected her sketches of interesting places in the area around St Arnaud and Lake Rotoiti.
Her simple sketches are described with facing text.
Marlborough, art, historic buildings, Nelson Lakes National Park

VG- wire bound softback. Some tape marks to cover.
$45 B/B
Prudence Matthews 1982 first edition limited to 400 copies, 36pp.
[#3749 ]

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The history of the massive Molesworth High country sheep station, which straddles Canterbury and Marlborough provinces.
sheep station, clarence, awatere, acheron, marlborough

VG hardback in G dust jacket with some loss at spine ends and corners, owner details in pen to half title.
$35 B/C
Reed 1969 first edition, 292pp + plates, map endpapers.[#2165, 3937 ]

McRAE Shona   Gone for Good signed by author

A biography of William and Sarah McRae, being a story of pioneering in Nelson, North Canterbury and Marlborough, Glens of Tekoa.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some minor edge tears $35 C/B Published for Shona McRae 1985 first edition limited to 1500 copies (stated). [#2372 ]

Crail Bay Farm

A memoir of farming in Crail Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.
Marlborough, biography, memoir

VG hardback with VG dust jacket with light wear, inscription facing half-title.
$25 C/C
Collins 1964 first edition hardcover, 189pp [#2975 ]

From Pushchair to Railway Train
The Memoirs of a Marlborough Farmer
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Moore relates his interesting life, including serving in the Pacific during WWII, farming, and working with the Marlborough Electric Power Board
35th battalion, 2nzefip, pacific war, ww2, memoir, biography, John R E Moore, Glen Wye

VG softback
$35 B/B
Clerestory Publication Services 1996, ix 162pp.
[#3846 ]

NEILL Joyce (editor) 
Plum Duff and Cake
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The Journals of James Nichols 1874-5.
An account of his voyage to Picton New Zealand on the ship Carnatic, and some of his experiences in the colony.
Ellen Nichols nee Hart, Tuamarina, colonial immigration, Picton, Marlborough, Feilding

VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Bookplate to half title
$45 C/C
Pegasus Press 1975 first edition, 223pp + plates.
[#3949 ]

Historic Gold Trails of Nelson and Marlborough
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A history of the various aspects of gold mining in the Marlborough region.
Mining, panning, dredging, sluicing etc.
picton, nelson, takaka, collingwood, maungatapu murders, murchison, prospecting, fossicking

VG softback
$25 B/B
Reed/ Gold Star Books 1978 reprint, 96 pp.
[#3894 ]

Before We Say Goodbye

Pelorus Sound memoirs Resident in Pelorus Sound from after the Second World War, Parsonson gives an account of the people and events.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$15 C/C
Whitcoulls 1975 first edition hardcover, 199pp+ plates. [#1269 ]

VG hardback in VG dust jacket, with name to free end paper.
$15 C/C
Whitcoulls 1975 first edition hardcover, 199pp+ plates. [#1629 ]

A Labyrinth of Waterways
The Forgotten Story of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds
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An excellent history and survey of the Marlborough Sounds.
Includes Maori history, European settlement in the 1840s, and modern developments.
Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, History, Regional History, Maritime, Nelson, Maori, Whaling, Whalers, Marlborough Sounds Authority

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket.
Dust jacket is sunfaded (as usual with this sensitive red colour). Rear hinge strengthened with archival hinge-tape.
$125 D/D
Wenlock House 1986 second edition, vii 168pp + colour plates.
[#3992 ]

RAIN Lynn 
Community, the story of Riverside 1941-1991

Riverside in Upper Moutere, is a community which started as a pacifist co-operative. This history shows how these ideals of non-violence and co-operation have shaped the community over 50 years.

VG softback
$25 C/B
Riverside Community 1991, 217 pp [#2797 new zealand, history, marlbourough ]

WOMEN'S DIVISION FEDERATED FARMERS   The Awatere Valley, Today and Yesterday Molesworth to the Sea
Fair, water damaged paper wrappers, minor stain to some pages, xeroxed sheets ( as issued) $25 C/B Awatere Valley Women's Division of Federated Farmers 1966, xeroxed format with illustrated covers, staple bound, covers are well worn and rubbed and with rear wrapper damp stained, some minor water marking at top spine corner margin of pages, 190pp of text and photographs, the photographs being photocopies are not of the best detail but they are informative, a gazetter of the sheep runs and stations in the Awatere Valley, from "Molesworth to the sea" with the history up to 1966 etc, uncommon book, small name to first page [# 1643 new zealand history]

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