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Head of The Harbour
A History of Governor's Bay, Ohinetahi, Akllandale and Teddington
Jane Robertson
Publisher: Philip King Publisher, for the Governors Bay Heritage Trust
Large Hard back book
310mm x 245mm (portrait shape)
Full colour throughout
Over 350 b/w and colour photos and drawings
Quarter-bound spine
348 pages, with a comprehensive index
Attractive endpaper map
157gsm matt art paper
Ribbon book marker
A Brand new copy. Also included is a complimentary copy of Francis Creswell's Old Homes of Lyttelton Harbour.

NB I DO HAVE FURTHER COPIES OF THIS BOOK LISTED SO PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER LISTINGS BEFORE BIDDING IF THERE IS A BID ALREADY ON THIS COPY

The head of the harbour was originally the preferred site for the new settlement of Christchurch, but when this was built on the other side of the Port Hills, the area became known instead for its abundant orchards, market gardens and leisure activities – a haven close to, but geographically very separate from, the city on the swamp.

This immensely readable, impeccably researched and superbly illustrated book tells, for the first time in one place, the stories of the families who settled at the head of the harbour, of the homes they built, of their relationship with the land and sea, their working and recreational lives. It traces the influence of well-known residents such as Thomas Potts, Hugh Heber Cholmondeley and Margaret Mahy. It explores, too, the relationship between the natural and cultural environments and how this has changed.

The Head of the Harbour is very much a community enterprise. Jane Robertson has interviewed many residents and ex-residents, whose experiences and photographs enrich a book that is not just for those with connections to this special place, but for anyone interested in the history of Canterbury and of New Zealand.

Note from Literatekiwi: I have sold a great many locally published histories in my years as bookseller but have never see a volume as handsome and beautifully produced as this one.
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