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By John A. Lee

Pioneers are remarkable people. A loner the pioneer was, of necessity. many fail and this book is as much about the failures as about the successful. Yet all those folk who failed helped NZ to succeed.

The material in this book is largely about a colonial New Zealand that has ceased to exist, the NZ of bushfelling, gold mining, of big stations, of the creaking axle blocks of wagons as horses strain on earth roads, the NZ of characters known across provinces, of communities not yet become a nation, of the thousands who came in wind-driven vessels.

Contents:
A World of Understandardised Men
The Swaggers Hut
The Swaggers Camp - and Concertina Joe
They died along the Tracks
The Tin Billy and Pannikin
The Hardy Bushwhacker
Wagoners
The Gold Days
Barney Whiterats, Roadside Entrepreneur
John the Baptists Round of Inspection
The shiner was the Most Famous
Henry Lawson
The Hon. John Burke O'Brien
The Flower of Wheat
Who was Peter Gray?
A Taller Tale of the Tall Country
Escalation and Evasion
The Proletarian Tycoon
The Extempore Funeral
A Dentist called Brew
Canterbury Jack wins a Family
The Faith Killer
Sunk - All Hands on Board
Tit for Tat
the Terror of Riversdale
All the Worlds a Stage

With an Anthology of Early Swagger Literature

150 pages - illustrated with many early black & white photographs, some from Canterbury Museum and Alexander Turnbull Library.

Published by Whitcoulls Ltd 1982

Book and Dust Jacket in Very Good+ condition. Tight and clean. No inscriptions.



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