OTAGO HISTORY

Books on the history of Otago people and places. Regional local history.

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ANDERSON W A 
Doctor in the Mountains

The memoirs of a local GP in Wakatipu / Queenstown area for many years

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$15 C/C
Reed 1967 reprint hard cover, 175pp+ plates.
[#1121 + (1970 edition) #3191 ]





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]

CHISHOLM James 
Fifty Years Syne
 Fifty Years Syne

A Jubilee Memorial of the Presbyterian Church of Otago. Includes mention of the original settlement of Otago, and the purchase of land from Maori. Captain Cargill's arrival etc. Many photographs.

G+ hardback in white buckram with red decoration, slightly soiled from handling, corners bumped, front fep missing, frontis and tissue present, untrimmed closed edges slightly foxed, small chip from head of title and contents where carelessly opened (cut). No jacket.
$35 C/C
J Wilkie & Co. 1898, viii + 242pp + plates, folding plates and diagrams
[#3298 ]





COLLIE John with J D Salmond and A M Elliffe 
The Story of the Otago Free Church Settlement 1848 to 1948
A Century's Growth By a Southern Sea
 The Story of the Otago Free Church Settlement

The history of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland. Includes Missionary work, Knox Residential College. Gives much local information pertaining to the development of Otago and Southland, and prominent members of the church and community.
This copy is one of 200 numbered and signed copies in the deluxe edition. Signed by the author and the convenors of the Centennial Committee and the Historical Committee.

G+ leather bound hardback. Spine sun-faded, spine ends rubbed, internally tidy except some minor pencil notes to margins.
$35 C/C
Presbyterian Bookroom 1948, xvi 368pp + plates.
[#3301 ]





COLLIE John 
The Story of the Otago Free Church Settlement 1848-1948
A Century's Growth by a Southern Sea

The history of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland. Includes Missionary work, Knox Residential College. Gives much local information pertaining to the development of Otago and Southland, and prominent members of the church and community.

VG hardback with no dust jacket. A clean copy of the standard edition.
$25 C/C
Presbyterian Bookroom (1948) cloth, xvi 368pp + plates.
[#2000 / 3311 ]





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]

CROZIER Anita   Beyond The Southern Lakes The Explorations of W G Grave
VG hardback in VG lightly worn dust jacket with minor scrape along spine. $30 C/C Reed 1974 reissue, 124pp + plates. Map endpapers. Exploration and mountaineering in Western Otago. ISBN 0589008935 [#2205 new zealand history]

DUNCAN Alfred H.   The Wakatipians, or Early days in New Zealand
A reprint of 1888 original penned by a settler who arrived in 1860 on the 'Clontarf' to the Lake Wakatipu area.

VG- soft cover with slightly foxed stapled wrappers $15 C/A Lakes District Centennial Museum Arrowtown 1969, 60pp. [#2379 nz history otago ]





EUNSON Keith   Rotary in Alexandra, Golden Jubilee 1943-1993
50 years of service from the Alexandra Rotary Club

VG softback $15 B/A Alexandra Rotary 1993 first edition perfect bound softcover, 143pp with illustrations. ISBN 0908900120 [#2318 otago ]





GILKISON Robert 
Early Days in Central Otago

The story of the pioneer settlers of Otago. Includes maori days, gold rushes etc.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some short scuffs or chips to spine ends and upper joint.
$30 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1967, xv 191pp.
[NZ133 ]





GILKISON Robert 
Early Days in Central Otago
Fourth edition, with corrections and new illustrations.

The story of the pioneer settlers of Otago. Includes maori days, gold rushes etc.
ISBN072330551X

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some short edge tears and surface rubbing.
$30 C/C
Whitcoulls 1978, 191pp + plates..
[#3104 ]




GORDON Doris
Doctor Down Under

VG VG chipped spine ends of DW, fep removed.

$8 C/B [NZ 140]

Faber / Whitcombe and Tombs 1957 first edition cloth, 190pp. Autobiography of the founder of the New Zealand Obstetrical Society and an early pioneer woman doctor, sequel to Backblocks Baby Doctor.


HALL-JONES John   Mr Surveyor Thomson
Early days in Otago and Southland. The biography of John Turnbull Thomson, Surveyor-General of New Zealand. Thomson began surveying Otago in 1856, and was the first European to see such places as Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea. Early New Zealand exploration and Otago history.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$45 C/B
Reed 1971 first edition, 146 pages + plates and map endpapers. ISBN0589006541 [#2604 new zealand history otago ]





HARGREAVES R. P. 
Nineteenth Century Otago and Southland Town Plans

Hocken Library Publication No. 3. The scope of this bibliography is the maps of towns published before 1876 by the Otago and Southland Provincial Surveys, and after that date to the end of the century, by the General Survey Department

VG softback, folded and stapled through spine.
$25 C/A
University of Otago Press 1968, 56 pages + folding map. [#2873 new zealand, history, otago ]




HERCUS Charles & Gordon Bell
The Otago Medical School under the First Three Deans

VG

$35 C/C [NZ 88]

E & S Livingstone 1964 first edition hardcover, 381pp.


HOSKINS Robert 
Goldfield Balladeer
cover image of Goldfield Balladeer

The life and times of the celebrated Charles R Thatcher, the 'Inimitable' songster of the New Zealand goldfields. Balladeer of Australian and New Zealand goldfields in 1850-1870s. Complete with bibliography, and the lyrics of 24 songs, with the names of the tunes they were set to.
ISBN0002169037

VGhardback in VG dust jacket.
$25 C/C
Collins 1977 first edition. 194pp + plates.
[#2194, NZ119]





HUNT Christine   Something in the Hills, Yesterdays in Central Otago
Author collects the reminiscences of Otago Old-Timers.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with light wear to edges $30 C/C Reed 1979 first edition hard cover, 180pp. ISBN 0589012274. [#2041 new zealand history otago]

VG hardback with no dust jacket, name at front $15 C/C Reed 1979 first edition hard cover, 180pp. ISBN 0589012274. [#2549 new zealand history otago]





KNIGHT Hardwicke 
The Ordeal of William Larnach
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William James Mudie Larnach CMG (27 January 1833 12 October 1898), is best known in New Zealand for his grand house Larnach Castle in Dunedin. With varying success in business and politics, he was appointed Chief Colonial Manager of the Bank of Otago, whose decline he could not reverse.
A number of factors may have contributed to his decision to commit suicide in a committee room at Parliament.
ISBN0864660006 / 0959785779
biography, otago, dunedin, politics, new zealand

VG softback with minor wear to covers.
$15 C/B
University of Oatgo 1993, 136pp.
[#3805 ]



KNUDSON D A   The Story of Wakatipu

History of Lake Wakatipu and the district around Queenstown

VG hardback in VG dust jacket, book has slight surface mottling to cloth boards $15 A/B Whitcombe and Tombs 1968 first edition cloth, 168pp. B&W illustrations throughout. [#2342 nz history otago ]






MACNICOL Terri 
Beyond the Skippers Road

Shotover River near Queenstown in Otago. High country mustering at Mount Aurum etc.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with some edge wear
$20 C/C
Reed 1965 or later, 160pp + plates [#3139, 3308, 3888, 3910, NZ120 ]

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket. Name at head of title, jacket has old tape stains to flaps and is worn to edges
$10 C/C
Reed 1965 first edition, 160pp + plates [#1628 new zealand history]





MAY Muriel 
Freshly Remembered; half a century of school

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

VG hardback with VG dust jacket
$15 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1973 first edition, 157pp. [#878 + NZ14 ]

VG hardback with G chipped dust jacket
$10 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1973 first edition, 157pp. [#307 ]





McCRAW John 
The Siren's Call, Experiences in a Volunteer Fire Brigade
cover image of The Siren's Call, Experiences in a Volunteer Fire Brigade by John McCraw for sale in New Zealand

Anecdotes of the Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade
ISBN0473011549
fire fighting, social history, otago

VG softback Signed by author.
$15 C/B
Silverdale Publications 1991, 157pp with illustrations and maps.
[#1918 ]



McDONALD Georgina   Grand Hills for Sheep Otago Centennial Prize Novel
VG G DW has large chips to spine ends and surface soiling $10 C/C W&T 1949 first edition hard cover, 303pp. Historical fiction set in Otago of 1848. [# 970 nz hst]

McKENZIE Doreen   Road to Routeburn The Story of Kinloch, Lake Wakatipu
VG in VG dust jacket that is a little rubbed $20 C/B John McIndoe 1973 first edition, hard cover 128pp + plates. [#1901 new zealand history]

MEE Peter   St Joseph's Cathedral Dunedin New Zealand Centennial Year 1886-1986
VG $20 B/C Tablet Printing Co. 1986 first edition, pictorial boards, 84 images over 64pp. [#1988 new zealand church history]

MILLER F. W. G.  
Golden Days of Lake County

A history of the area near Wanaka, Wakatipu, Arrowtown, with details of gold mining etc.
ISBN0723301948
Otago

VG hardback in G dust jacket which is worn at edges with some loss.
$30 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1973 ( fifth edition), xv 368pp + plates and maps.
[#2174, 2198, 2990]





OFFWOOD Donald 
Heather's Gold
cover image of Heather's Gold A Story of a pioneer family in the Otago gold fields, for sale in New Zealand

A Story of a pioneer family in the Otago gold fields.
The author has placed his fictional McDonald family into a narrative based on historical research, and most of the people they meet are based on real historical personages.
ISBN9416479003045
Otago, gold rush, historical fiction, scottish immigrants

VG softback with author's gift inscription.
$25 C/C
Caxton Press 2005 first edition, 328pp.
[#3663 ]

VG softback.
$25 C/C
Caxton Press 2005 first edition, 328pp.
[#33702 ]



REED A. H. 
The story of Otago
Age of adventure. To which is appended A Journey through Otago in 1872, by Anthony Trollope

A complete history of the European society in Otago. From the earliest explorers, contact with Maori, colonisation and development of the settlements. Illustrated in line throughout.

VG hardback with no dust jacket. Red cloth.
$25 C/C
Reed 1947, 367pp.
[#3259 ]




ROBERTSON Angus Cameron
Salt Sea Tang

VG faint india ink writing to paste down, light foxing to closed edges.

$35 C/B [NZ 90]

David M Lister 1927 first edition cloth, 362pp. Author credited as "Extra master mariner, Hon. Bard Gaelic Scoiety of New Zealand. Assorted collectyed writings over the years by this chap who started life on the Isle of Skye as a herring fisher speaking only Gaelic. Much to do with the sea, New Zealand people and places with emphasis on Otago, his journeys in foreign parts etc. Some of the poetry is in Gaelic.


ROXBURGH Irvine 
Wanaka Story
Otago Centennial Historical Publication
cover image of Wanaka Story an Otago Centennial Historical Publication

An illustrated history of Wanaka, Hawea, Tarras, and surrounding districts of Otago.

VG- hardback in VG- dust jacket. Small area stained to top edge of rear book board and top margin of a few pages. Dust jacket has an age browned spine and some handling soiling. Owner's inscription to fep dated 1958.
$45 C/C
Otago Centennial Historical Publications 1957 first edition, 274pp + plates.
[#3352]





SALMOND J. D.   Hearts of Gold Memories of Old Queenstown
G+ light wear or fading to wrappers $12 A/A O.D.T. 1962 first edition soft cover, 57pp + plates. Otago history, mainly Queenstown in the 1870 - 1890 period. [#2021 new zealand history]

SALMOND J. D.   Hearts of Gold Memories of Old Queenstown
G+ rubbing wear to spine, soiled wrappers $10 A/A O.D.T. 1962 second edition soft cover, 57pp + plates. Otago history, mainly Queenstown in the 1870 - 1890 period. [#2106 new zealand history]

SOPER Eileen L 
The Otago of Our Mothers

The Nineteenth century founders of Otago and the pioneering women who helped establish the Otago settlement.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket , slightly soiled or faded, light rubbing to joints.
$35 C/B
Otago Centennial Historical Publications 1948, 100pp+ plates. [#2820 new zealand history, ]





THOMPSON Helen M. 
East of the Rock and Pillar
cover image of East of the Rock and Pillar: A History of the Strath Taieri and Macraes Districtsfor sale in New Zealand

A history of Strath Taieri and Macraes Districts in Otago including early farming and the gold rush.
Otago Centennial Historical Publication.
local history, colonial, early settlers, scottish, genealogy

VG hardback with no dust jacket.
$35 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1949, first edition, 204 pp.
[#3633 ]



THOMSON John Bell   Swiftly Flows the Arrow (signed by author)
The story of Arrowtown and its district, gold rush etc.

VG softback with slight crease to rear cover $15 B/A, McIndoe 1975 first reprint, softcovered, 46pp + plates. [#2317 otago ]







URQUHART D. W. Fraser 
The Lure of the Lakes
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A family and regional history of pioneers in the Lake Hawea area of Central Otago.
Includes genealogical charts of the Urquhart, Trustrum, Matheson, John and Taylor families.
ISBN0473055023

FINE hardback in Near fine dust jacket.
$75 B/D
K A Hawkes 1998 first edition limited to 1000 copies. viii 159pp+ xxv pp.
[#3824 ]



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 ]






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