NEW ZEALAND BIOGRAPHY BOOKS

Biography, autobiography and memoirs by and about New Zealanders. Politicians, entertainers, sportsmen and prominent people, as well as memoirs of lesser known but interesting Kiwis. Self-published family memoirs and useful regional history recollections.

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ALLEY Rewi   An Autobiography Rewi Alley of China
VG+ $15 C/C Foreign Languages Press 2003 pictorial hardcover, xvi 338pp. ISBN 7119034758. [#1978 nz biography]

ANDERSON E. Arnott 
A Life's Roundabout
High Country mustering and NZEF in Middle East
VG VG DW light wear, a few short splits at head of spine $12 C/C W&T 1974 second edition hard cover, 238pp + plates. Farm hand on New Zealand high country runs , North and South Island, mustered St Helens from 1905. Work on Makatoke railway viaduct, author put back his age by 15 years to enlist during WWII, Sent to Middle East and Crete, Greece with 19th battalion, purchased Banks Peninsula property, About 80 pp dealing with military life [# 1672 new zealand biography]

JEAN BATTEN


BATTEN Jean  
Alone in the Sky

Autobiography by New Zealand's greatest pioneer aviator. Jean Batten flew immense distances in record times and helped establish what later became airline routes. Revised from her 1938 My Life in 1979 .ISBN1853100234

VG softback with sunned spine
$12 C/B
Airlife 1987, 190 pages + plates. [#2542 new zealand biography aviation flying ]



MACKERSEY Ian  
Jean Batten, Garbo of the Skies

Biography of New Zealand's greatest aviator, sourced on secret memoirs found after her death, and hundreds of interviews. ISBN0708853323

VG softback
$12 C/C
Warner Books 1992, 465 pages + plates. [#2541 new zealand biography aviation ]








BENNETT Francis  A Canterbury Tale The Autobiography of Dr Francis Bennett
VG VG- rubbed with edge wear with some closed tears and associated creasing $15 C/C Oxford University Press 1980 first edition hard cover, 249pp. ISBN 0195580656 [# 961 nz biog]

BOHAN Edmund   To Be a Hero
A biography of Sir George Grey 1812-1898, who was Governor of South Australia, Governor of New Zealand, and also of Cape Colony. Also a researcher of Polynesian ethnology. Governor during the Land Wars.

VG hardback with some soiling to closed page edges in a VG- dust jacket with splits to corners $25 C/C HArperCollins 1998 first edition, 374 pages. ISBN1869502795 [#2550 new zealand history biography ]





BLACK Helen  Sunshine and Shadow signed by the author, Mayoress of Dunedin
G+ a small amount of red staining to the upper joint and lower fore edge board, signed across frontis by the author, minor foxing to closed edges $15 C/C John McIndoe 1947 first edition cloth, 284pp + plates. Reminiscences of her life including the first frozen meat shipment aboard the 'Dunedin' which her father participated in. Much of her world wide travels and political career. [# 1244 new zealand biography]

BROWN John MacMillan 
The Memoirs of John MacMillan Brown

Scottish born New Zealand academic who attended the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 1874 he was selected as professor of Classics and English, at Canterbury College in Christchurch (University of New Zealand). Under his patronage the College admitted Helen Connon as a matriculated student in 1876, the first Australasian university to admit women on an equal basis with men. Brown later married Connon and they had two children including Millicent Amiel, who later married Archibald Baxter, mother of James K. Baxter. Brown helped establish the Macmillan Brown Research Library at the University of Canterbury.
ISBN0900302193

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket
$30 B/C
University of Canterbury 1974, 224pp + plates.
[#3058 ]




BURDON C C
Dr A C Barker 1819-1873 Photographer, Farmer, Physician

VG VG inscr fep DW sunned spine

$35 C/B [NZ 34]

John McIndoe 1972 FIRST EDITION hard cover, 88pp + plates + 24pp plates at rear, pioneer colonial photographer and Christchurch notable


BURDON R. M.   New Zealand Notables (first series)
Biographical studies of Henry Williams, Te Whiti and Johnny Jones.

VG hardback with title label to cover, faint soiling $30 C/B Caxton 1941 first edition, 143pp. [#2392 nz history, biography ]



BURGESS Nan  A Braided River of Faith The Lives of One Hundred Women
VG+ $15 C/B Association of Presbyterian Women 2002 first edition soft cover, 190pp. SIGNED BY EDITOR to title page. 100 short biographies of New Zealand women active in the Presbyterian Church community. ISBN 0473085399 [#1139 new zealand biography]

CATRAN Ken 
Hanlon, A Casebook

From the annals of New Zealand's most notorious cases as handled by Alfred Charles Hanlon the famous lawyer, written by the man responsible for the Hanlon television series. In the latter years of the nineteenth century and in the first three decades of the 20th, Hanlon's name was a legend in law. While carving out a one-man law practice from the entrenched partnerships of Otago's legal society, "Alf" Hanlon was to defend, usually with dramatic success, a great number of murder cases. His defence combined a forceful personality, keen legal skills and remarkable oratory - useful attributes at a time when death by hanging awaited those convicted of murder. Contents: Prologue: The Early Years, Regina v Dean (Minnie Dean), Regina v Clements (Charles Clements), Political Interlude, Rex v Kerry, Rex v Sweeney (Hugh Sweeney), Of courts and Colleagues, Rex v Stott and Bromley, Rex v Findlay, Cartoons and Caricatures, Rex v Connolly, Epilogue: Taking Silk
ISBN0908690096

VG hardback in VG dustjacket.
$15 B/C
BCNZ Enterprises 1985 First edition, 180pp. Illustrated.
[#3000 ]





COCKS E. Somers  A Friend in Need Nurse Maude, Her life and Work
VG VG minor chiping to DW $15 B/B Nurse Maude District Nursing Association 1980 hard cover, 170pp. [# 1310 new zealand biography]

COX K. F. S. & W. R. Morris   Archdeacon L. G. Whitehead a biography
VG VG small nick out of top corner of DW $15 C/B Pegasus Press 1977 first edition hard cover, 79pp + plates. Warden of Selwyn College, Dunedin 1919-1950. [#1942 new zealand biography]

DICK Maurice  Dave McNulty, Snow Man
Fine $10 C/B Murice Dick 1992 first edition soft cover, 164pp. Biography of New Zealand climber and Alpine Guide. ISBN 0959798331 [# 893 nz bio]

DOWLING Vivyan  One Foot out the Door South Canterbury 1915-39
VG VG minor chipping to head of DW spine $30 C/C J W Baty Ltd 1974 first edition, hard cover, 142pp+ plates. Autobiographical memoir of life in South Canterbury. [#1935 nz biography]
EVANS John H
Churchman Militant; George Augustus Selwyn Bishop of New Zealand and Lichfield

VG VG top of fep clipped

$35 C/C [NZ 75]

George Allen Unwin 1964 first edition hardcover, 298pp + plates and adverts, biography of the Bishop of Melanesia and New Zealand. very tidy copy.


FISHER Ian "Scotty" 
Scotty

From a Glasgow family Scotty was fostered out to a McLeod family in Dingwall before immigrating to the MacKenzie Country in New Zealand. He recounts his life and adventures including time as a musterer and rabbiter, and a spell with the army in Malaya.
ISBN09597564340X

VG softback, pen name to title page.
$20 C/B
Homecrafts , Tekapo, 1988, 116pp.
[#3112 ]





FRY A S   The Aunt Daisy Story VG G DW has edge wear, tears and chips and has been taped on the reverse edge, complete but damaged, book is tidy, name to fep $10 C/C Reed 1957 first edition hard cover131pp + plates. [# 690 nzbio]

GLEN Frank  Bush in Our Yard
VG+ VG+ $10 C/C Reed 1980 first edition hard cover, 156pp. Authors time 'farming' the Myross Bush two hectare block in Southland. ISBN 0589013351 [# 968 nz bio]

GLEN Frank  Bush in our Yard Invercargill personality
VG VG DW sunned to spine $8 C/C Reed 1980 first edition hard cover, 156pp. Authors time 'farming' the Myross Bush two hectare block in Southland. ISBN 0589013351 [# 1672 new zealand biography]

GLOVER Denis   Hot Water Sailor
VG VG lightly handling soiled DW $15 C/C Reed 1962 first edition hard cover, 200pp illustrated by Russell Clark. [#1941 new zealand biography]

GODLEY Charlotte 
Letters from Early New Zealand 1850-1853

By the wife of the founder (officially at least) of Canterbury, from her time in Canterbury and Wellington, a primary source for early colonial New Zealand history.

G+ hardback, rebound in book cloth with new endpapers, some pages with fold marks
$25 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1951 first reissue, 387 pages plus plates. [#2293 nz biography ]




G+ hardcover, the dust jacket has been cut into peices which have been used to grangerise the book, the title from the DW has been pasted down to the front paste down, and the blurbs from the flaps are pasted to the front and rear paste downs with some ink underlining to them, the date 12/12/52 has been written to the paste down twice, the cameo design of Charlotte from the DW has been pasted to the fep and the spine titling also, the person who did this also wrote their name and the name of the person they gave the book to around the edge of the cameo, there is a name and some writing to the top and bottom margins of the decorative border of the title page, and a name and address to the top of the dedication, a photocopied biographical reference is pasted to the verso of the dedication, the bank fly after the fep has four small holes to the edge where two staples were carefully removed, the rear fep has similar holes to top edge, apart from these noted 'additions' the book itself is clean and unmarked,
$35 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1951 first reissue, 387 pages plus plates. [#2794 nz biography ]





GORDON Doris  Doctor Down Under an autobiography
G spine faded, joints rubbed, Southland Girls High School crest to cover and prize plate to fep, front hinge lossening $8 C/C Faber 1959 cloth, 254pp + frontis. Prize plate awarded to Nola Smart 1962 [# 786 nzbiography]

GORDON Doris  Back-Blocks Baby-Doctor an autobiography
VG- VG- tape rust to endpapers, DW minor edge wear or slight chipping $10 C/C Faber 1955 second impression hb dw, 254pp + frontis [# 1718 new zealand biography]
GORDON John
All The World's a Stage

VG VG- light edge wear and short edge tears to DW, paper scar to fep.

$8 C/B [NZ 142]

Mallinson Rendell 1981 first edition hardcover, 158pp + plates. Autobiography of a famous actor and entertainer. ISBN 0908606087


GORDON Mona
Portrait in Mosaic of Anne Clifton Firth

VG G+ DW well rubbed at edges and with minor edge chipping.

$20 B/B [NZ 148]

Pegasus Press 1973 first edition hardcover, 114pp + plates. Biography of one of the Mt Eden Clifton Firth's with much on the rest of the family. Victorian New Zealand biography.


GRAHAM Jeanine  
Frederick Weld

Biography of Frederick Aloysius Weld (1823-91) pioneer pastoralist in Wairarapa and Marlborough, and New Zealand Premier 1864-5.
ISBN0196480183

VG+ hardback in VG dust jacket
$25 C/C
Auckland University Press 1983 first edition hardcover, x 225pp photos in text. [#2340 + 2955 nz biography wairarapa ]



GRAINGER J. M.   On and Off the Rails A Railwayman's Story
VG G+ DW rubbed to edges with splits at corners $10 C/B W&T 1964 first edition, cloth, 141pp + plates, reminiscences of a steam engine driver from the days of steam in both the North and South Islands, some of the photos include these areas; Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otira, Cass, Arthur's Pass, Rewanui incline, Little River, Hapuawhenua viaduct, Frankton, Southland [#2068 new zealand biography]

GRUNDY Elaine 
Who'd Marry a Doctor? A Chatham Islands Casebook

Record of a year on the Chathams by the wife of the rostered GP. ISBN072330114X

G+ hardback in G+ dust jacket
$10 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1970, 144pp + plates.[#2136 #2800 ]





GUSTAFSON Barry 
From the Cradle to the Grave

A biography of Michael Joseph Savage. Labour politician and first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. Credited with establishing New Zealand's acclaimed Welfare System. A reassessment of his life and political legacy. ISBN0474001385

VG+ hardback in VG dust jacket with sun faded spine
$25 C/C
Reed Methuen 1986, 369 pp [#2749 new zealand politics, biography]





HALL-JONES F G  Sir William Hall-Jones The Last of the Old Liberals
VG VG- $25 C/C Privately Published by the ODT 1969 first edition, cloth, 152pp + plates. Biography of early New Zealand politicians [# 918 nzbio]

HAMILTON Peggy  
Wild Irishman

The Story of Bill Hamilton, New Zealand farmer, inventor, engineer and jet boat pioneer (Colorado jet boat expedition of 1960).
ISBN0589012940

VG hardback in VG dust jacket $45 C/C Reed 1979 reprint of 1969 original, 214 pages + plates. [#2473 nz biography ]





HANAN Roy 
A Dentist at Large

A New Zealander's dental practise before, during , and after the Second World War. Roy Hanan saw service with the New Zealand Dental Corps in Egypt and Italy during WWII, and was dental staff at Manapouri in 1926 and later in the 1960s at the Manapouri Hydro-electric scheme.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket that is sun faded with minor edge wear. AUTHOR SIGNED title page.
$20 C/C
Privately Published 1977 first edition, 181pp + plates. [#744 #2939 ]

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket that is lightly sun faded. A label has been stuck to title page with a gift inscription over what was once the author's presentation signature, now obliterated
$15 C/C
Privately Published 1977 first edition, 181pp + plates. [#1127 new zealand, biography ]





HASCOMBE Jane  
Over the Hills but not to stay

An account of an early retirement to isolated cottage near Owhetoro Stream, Port Levy, on Banks Peninsula. The author claims she witnessed and photographed a New Zealand Otter in her garden.
ISBN0723304343

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with sunned spine, name to endpaper.
$10 C/C
Whitcoulls, 1975 first edition, 192pp. With photos and illustrations by Jean Oates. [#2592 new zealand biography canterbury ]





HENDERSON Bob 
Friends in Chains

The memoirs of a West Coast teamster in the days when New Zealand was built through hard-slog and a team of good horses. Includes the Nelson region also.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with light wear.
$40 C/C
Reed 1961 first edition, 190pp + plates.[#1856 new zealand, westland, biography





HETTERLEY Karen  Nursing Nomad The Lighter side of a New Zealander's travelling years
G G pictorial wrappers chipped with loss, only the front wrap remains, inscription to inside cover, one page has a tear and the loss of a piece from the edge with some text missing $10 B/B W&T (1944) (H758)sheets stapled into printed card wrapper with pictorial paper DW, 110pp + plates. New Zealand nurse in Britain, Europe and India. [# 693 nzbio]

HOLMES Noel  To fly a desk Sir Geoffrey Roberts, Father of Air New Zealand
G+ VG ex-library, shelf mark to DW spine, library markings to book $10 C/C Reed 1982 first edition hard cover, x 196pp + plates. ISBN 0589014218 [#1865 new zealand biography]

HOOD Lynley  
Who is Sylvia?
The Diary of a biography

Lynley Hood's account of her researching the life of Sylvia Ashton-Warner, and writing the biography "Sylvia!".

VG softback
$9 C/C
John McIndoe 1984, 311 pages. ISBN0868681210 [#2595 new zealand biography ]





JOBLIN Dorothea 
The Colonial One

A biography of Lorna Monckton of Newstead and her pioneering family in Featherston and the Wairarapa. ISBN 0723304165

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$10 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1975, 237pp + plates.[NZ128 #2720 #3188 ]





JONES Bob  '80s letters (eighties letters)
VG VG name at head of title page $15 C/C Bateman 1990 first edition hardcover, 200pp. ISBN 1869530195 [# 1688 new zealand biography]

LAMBIE Mary   My Story Memoirs of a New Zealand Nurse
VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with chip at head of spine, ex-library with a few unobtrusive stamps, card pocket, $15 B/C N. M. Peryer Ltd. 1956 first edition, 189 pages + plates. Mary began training as a nurse in 1910 at Christchurch hospital. Includes a chapter on the Hawke's Bay earthquake and the Second World War. [#2193 nz biography]
LEE John A
Delinquent Days

VG VG

$10 C/B [NZ 33]

Collins 1967 FIRST EDITION hardcover socialist politicians autobiography of troubled criminal youth. Lee was later an M.P.


LEWIS Christopher John  
Last Words

The autobiography of the man accused of the Tania Furlan murder and baby kidnapping, a man who fired a rifle at the Queen, a member of a little-known NZ terrorist group, a bank robber and Ninja. Christopher John Lewis was found electrocuted to death while awaiting trial. The question is: was he guilty or was he framed? He claimed he was framed by another ex-con and fitted up by the police. After a string of bank robberies in Christchurch, Chris served 8 years in prison before setting himself up in business, only to be charged with the Furlan murder, which he steadfastly denied.
ISBN0958356866

VG softback
$15 B/C
Howling at the Moon 1997, 352 pages. [#2614 new zealand, crime ]





LYNN Bob 
Under the Lynnwood Tree 1840-1940

An autobiography, family history and genealogy by Bob Lynn of Alford Forest, Ashburton. There is early Ashburton history, as well as that of his forbears from Britain, and his many relatives in New Zelaand. Bob was well known as an expert joiner and carpenter, and founder of a museum of joinery, the Lynn Woodwork Museum . It is sited on the grounds of the Tinwald Domain and is part of the historical Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Village. Bob's ancestors were the Davisons of Ahoghill, Ballymena, County Antrim. ( Olidia Davison nee Burnett born October 1815).

VG softback
$25 B/B
Undated and self publsihed, but about 1980. 142pp + index. Illustrated. [#2856 new zealand, south canterbury, biography, genealogy ]





MAHONEY Michael 
Harry Ayres: Mountain Guide

Biography of leading guide on the New Zealand Southern Alps during the 1940s and '50s. Ayres was a pioneer in the Mount Cook region of the Southern Alps and was a climbing partner of Edmund Hillary and taught him how to climb.
ISBN0723306885

VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket
$50 C/B
Whitcoulls 1982 first edition hardcover, 160pp + plates. [#2197 + BIO9 new zealand biography ]




MANSON Cecil & Celia
Doctor Agnes Bennett (biography)

VG VG- DW rubbed to joints and with splits at head and tail of spine.

$10 C/B [NZ 129]

M Joseph/ W&T 1960 first edition cloth, xv 189pp + plates. A biography of a pioneering Wellington woman doctor including stints during the two World Wars.


MARSHALL David  
Shaggy Dogs and Other Stories

Tales of a Kiwi vet on the West Coast and Christchurch.

VG softback with owner details inside front cover
$10 C/B
Shoal Bay Press 1997, 194 pages. ISBN0908704690 [#2535 new zealand biography animals ]





MASE Huia  Outrageous Fortune performing arts
VG VG light wear or chipping to DW $8 C/C W&T 1971 first edition hard cover, 174pp. Autobiography of the actress, Labourite and antique dealer, latterly resident of Waiheke Island [# 959 nz bio]

MAY Muriel 
Freshly Remembered; half a century of school

Muriel May's memoirs of fifty years in the Otago education system.
ISBN0723303827

VG hardback with VG dust jacket
$10 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1973 first edition, 157pp. [#878 + NZ14 new zealand, biography, Otago ]





McFADDEN Warwick Leslie 
I was Paid Three Pence an hour when I started work aged 13...
cover image of Warwick McFadden's autobiography

Warwick's forebears came to New Zealand from Drumartin, County Caven, Ireland. Born in 1920 Warwick Leslie McFadden was a commercial market gardener. He served with the Third Division Signals in the Pacific Islands during the Second World War. This is his account of his career and family.
ISBN9780473138318

VG- softback, has been contact sealed and with hinges strengthened by library. Issue labels and stamps, otherwise tidy.
$20 B/C
Warwick McFadden 2008, 129 pp.
[#3317 ]





McKENZIE Roy 
Footprints, Harnessing an Inheritance into a Legacy

Memoir of Sir Roy McKenzie, who inherited the McKenzies department stores and used his wealth to set up a charitable foundation. Details his service in Bomber Command in WWII and involvement in alpine sports, skiing and mountaineering and trekking, at home and abroad.
ISBN9780958204606

VG softback
$25 B/C
Te Aro Press, 1998. 279 pp [#2948 new zealand, biography ]





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 wear
$25 C/B
Published for Shona McRae 1985 first edition limited to 1500 copies (stated). [#2195 NZ biography Nelson Marlborough ]



MILLS A R   Huntaway
Autobiography of Bob Mills, a musterer, shepherd and dog-trialer in the New Zealand high country

VG hardback in G- dust jacket which is worn with tears and light stain
$15 C/B
Reed 1966 FIRST EDITION 215pp clean book, DW not the best. [#2375 NZ Biography high country sheep dogs ]



MULDOON R. D.  The Rise and Fall of a Young Turk SIGNED COPY
VG VG- light wear to DW. $7 C/C Reed 1974 reprint hard cover, xii 203pp + plates. [# 1677 nz biography]

MULDOON R. D.  The Rise and Fall of a Young Turk political memoir
VG VG name to head of title $20 C/C Reed 1974 first edition hardcover, 203pp + plates. SIGNED to half title by Muldoon. Autobiography of one of New Zealand's most important Prime Ministers. Political biography. ISBN 0589008731 [NZ 123]
MULDOON Robert
Number 38

VG+ VG+

$10 C/C [NZ 135]

Reed Methuen 1986 first edition hardcover, 207pp + plates. A near fine copy of the former Prime Minister's fourth autobiography. New Zealand politics. ISBN 0474002209


MULDOON Robert
My Way

VG+ VG+

$10 C/C [NZ 136]

Reed 1981 first edition hardcover, 169pp + 4pp index + plates. A near fine copy of the former Prime Minister's third autobiography. New Zealand politics. ISBN 0589013858


MULDOON Robert
Muldoon

VG+ VG small edge tears mainly at spine ends.

$10 C/C [NZ 137]

Reed 1977 first edition hardcover, x 224pp + plates. A tidy copy of the former Prime Minister's first autobiography. New Zealand politics. ISBN 0589010875


MUNRO Jessie   The Story of Suzanne Aubert founder of the Sisters of Compassion

VG softcover $25 C/C Auckland University Press 1996, first edition, 464 pages ISBN 1869401557 [#2215 nz biography]



O'BRIEN Bernard S.J.  A New Zealand Jesuit a personal narrative
VG VG DW lightly rubbed $9 C/B Pegasus Press 1970 first edition hard cover, 104pp + plates. [# 1676 nz biography]

OGILVIE Gordon 
Little Feet in a Big Room

The life of Frances Ogilvie, a Presbyterian missionary who spent over 40 years in China and during WWII was in the Stanley Internment camp in Hong Kong as a captive of the Japanese.
ISBN0908704291

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$25 B/C
Shoal Bay Press 1994 first edition, 108pp[#1794 new zealand, biography ]




PARSONSON Denys  
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.
ISBN0723304297

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

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






RICHARDSON Len and Shelley  
Anthony Wilding, A Sporting Life

New Zealander and Wimbledon champion, Wilding dominated tennis in the decade before WWI. His career and life was cut short on the Western Front in 1915.
ISBN187725701X

VG softback
$25 C/C
Canterbury University Press 2005, 451 pages + plates. [#2389 nz biography tennis sporting ]



ROLLESTON Rosamond  William and Mary Rolleston an informal biography
VG G DW faded and some short edge tears, name to foot of title page $20 C/C Reed 1971 first edition hb dw 150pp + plates, genealogy charts to endpapers ISBN 0589006215 [# 1720 new zealand biography]

ERNEST RUTHERFORD

STOCKER Mark  
Golden Atoms; The Ernest Rutherford Medals

Upon Rutherford's death his widow presented his various medallic awards to the Canterbury University College (New Zealand). Awarded for his scientific genius, the collection represents the height of numismatic design in the period, with awards in bronze, silver, and gold. Includes a catalog of the medals, and photographs. ISBN0908812892

FINE softback
$25 B/B
Canterbury University Press 1999, 88 pages. [#2446 new zealand biography, science ]






Very Good softback with minor sun-fade to spine
$25 B/B
Canterbury University Press 1999, 88 pages. [#2486 new zealand biography, science ]







SINCLAIR Keith
Walter Nash

FN FN minor adheisve offsetting to feps from DW plastic sleeve

$15 C/D [NZ 80]

Auckland University Press 1976 first edition hardcover, xi 439pp + plates. Biography of an important New Zealand political figure. ISBN 0196479495


SOMERSET Gwendolen  
Sunshine and Shadow.

The Life of Gwendolen Lucy Somerset (nee Alley). Born in Springfield, North Canterbury in 1894. Autobiography and reminiscences of growing up in Springfield by the sister of Rewi Alley.
ISBN0908609132

VG+ hardback without dust jacket
$20 C/C
N Z Playcentre Federation 1988 first edition pictorial hardcover, 211pp, illustrated. [#1922 new zealand biography]


STEWART W Downie
Portrait of a Judge, Sir Joshua Strange Williams P.C.

VG

$65 B/$5 international [NZ 97]

w&t 1945 first edition sewn sheets in printed paper wrapper, 112pp + frontis portrait. SCARCE biography of an early Canterbury settler and lawyer / judge.


SUTHERLAND LOUISE 
I Follow the Wind
Presentation copy inscribed by author, Private Press edition

An epic bicycle ride around the WHOLE world on a bicycle between 1949-1956, Lousie later followed up in 1983 with "The Impossible Ride, the Story of the First Bicycle Ride Across the Amazon Jungle". In this first book she was travelling by cycle, but also spending time working as a nurse as her funds were restricted. Good travelogue through war-torn Europe and Middle East, also the American continents and Asia.
The half title has a presentation decication to Mr & Mrs Stevens, signed and Dated 1963 in Dunedin. Hand set and printed by the author, has illustrations by Pat Andrew.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with a few tiny edge tears. Name blacked out to free end paper.
$55 C/B
Southern Cross Press Ltd London 1960, first edition in the fourth impression, (vi) 128pp + plates, map end papers
[#1846 ]





SUTHERLAND Temple  Span of the Wheel The Autobiography of a Driver
VG/G sunned DW $8 C/C Hodder 1973 first edition hard cover 209pp. ISBN 0340177411 [#1900 new zealand biography]

SWAIN Des   Pawelka
VG+ $25 B/B Moana Press 1989 first edition soft cover, 127pp, illustrated. The story of the notorious prison-breaker Joe Pawelka . ISBN 0908705557 [# 965 nz bio]
TAYLOR Clive Muscroft
From the Dales to the Downs

VG VG name to fep, reviiew clipping pasted in at rear, DW light wear and dust soiled to spine.

$10 C/B [NZ 149]

privately published in Geraldine by John McIndoe 1976 first editon hardcover,176pp + plates. Autobiography of a resident of Gerladine who started of in Yorkshire, served in the Far East (Hong Kong) and India, as well as with the NZ forces during WWII.


THOMAS William Hearn   The Inky Way, by a Nonagerian Journalist signed 'with compliments' by author
VG minor bump to corner of covers, old pen price to fep $25 C/B Clark & Matheson 1960 first edition, pictorial card covers with cloth spine, 98pp +plates. 70 years of the author's journalism career in New Zealand. [#1917 new zealand biography]

THOMPSON Padre Bill  The God Botherer VG/VG name stamp to fep, light soiling to DW, $15 C/B Pumpkin Press/ Caxton 1976 first edition hard cover, 144pp + plates, reminiscences of a pastor with the New Zealand forces in the Middle East (Second World War) [#515 nzbiog]

THOMSON Helen and Sylvia 
Ann Gilchrist Strong
Scientist in the Home

Ann Monroe Gilchrist (1875-1957) was born in the USA. A period teaching delinquent children caused her to specialise in home science, because she wanted to prevent delinquency rather than cure it. In 1899 she was one of the founders of the American Home Economics Association. Strong came to the University of Otago, whose School of Home Science opened in 1911, taking up her appointment as Professor of Household Arts in 1921. Strong had had a concern for the health and education of children. At the School of Home Science she ran a nutrition clinic for Dunedin children and their mothers. She also helped to organise the first children's health camp in the South Island. Maori health and education concerned her too. She advised the government on ways to improve these after personally investigating the situation among Maori in Northland.

VG hardback in G+ dust jacket
$20 C/C
Pegasus Press 1963 first edition, 196pp.
[#3190 ]





WEBER Rex 
Wool Man
cover image of Wool Man

The story of Rex A. Weber's company Sheep & Wool reflects on his personal and business story as a breeder and developer of quality wool, member of the Wool Board etc. Covers most breeds of sheep, and all aspects of the wool trade from the sheep's back to the finished products.
ISBN0908561997

VG softback in VG dust jacket. Minor pen notes to inside rear cover. Name at front.
$20 C/B
Cape Catley 1992, 166pp.
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WILLIMENT T M I
John Hobbs 1800-1883 Wesleyan Missionary to the Ngapuhi tribe of Northern New Zealand.

VG+ VG+

$30 C/C [NZ 138]

Govt Printer 1985 first edition hardcover, xii 263+ plates. Biography of early colonial missionary. ISBN 0477012647


WILSON Helen (nee Ostler) 
My First Eighty Years

Early days in Otago and Canterbury, author was a sole teacher in Waitohi Flat Irish settlement. Also in the King Country.
ISBN

VG hardbackwith VG dust jacket with handling wear
$15 C/C
Paul's Book Arcade 1959 hard cover, 240pp + plates.[#1788 + NZ110 new zealand, biography ]





WOODS Barrie and William WOODS  
William of Suthridge, a pioneer's story

The story of William Woods of Godalming, Surrey to Canterbury, New Zealand aboard ship in 1874. Includes shipboard diary.

VG+ softback $35 C/A publ. Barrie Woods 2000, 154 pages. [#2378 nz biography genealogy ]



WOODS Sybil M. 
Samuel Williams of Te Aute
a biography

A biography of the son of the early missionary Henry Williams. Samuel worked for Maori interests, founded Te Aute College and was a sponsor of the Young Maori Party.

VG hardback in VG dustjacket with lightly sunned spine
$30 C/C
Pegasus Press 1981 first edition hard cover, 294pp + plates. [#645 new zealand, biography ]

VG hardback with no dustjacket, top corner area of fep trimmed,
$20 C/C
Pegasus Press 1981 first edition hard cover, 294pp + plates. [#646 new zealand, biography ]





YOUNG Lesley  Father and Son a Young saga
VG VG DW rubbed, closed top edge dust soiled $15 C/C Pegasus Press 1976 first edition hard cover, 191pp + plates. Traces the lives of William Young 1813-1893, early Auckland settler; and William Spearman Young 1842-1913, South Island Surveyor and farmer at Kaipara, Taranaki and Hicks Bay. ISBN 0908568029 [# 1678 nz biography]


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