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Down From The Tussock Ranges David McLeod First ed 1980

‘This book is an attempt to carry on the story of the high country through the life of one family and one property and through my own involvement in the modernisation of high-country pastoral farming, preserving it, as little changed as possible, for future generations, writes David McLeod, who is well established as a gifted chronicler of life in the South lsland’s high country. In Many a Glorious Morning and Kingdom in the Hills he told of coming to New Zealand in the 1920s and eventually (in 1930) buying the historic Grasmere and adjoining Cora Lynn runs in the country of the Waimakariri.

Down From the Tnssock Ranges takes up the narrative in the early years of World War II, at a time when high-country runholders from Marlborough to Southland were developing a sense of community and co-operation. Their way of life was threatened by falling production and an inequitable rent system and by charges of having by mismanagement brought about erosion in the high country.

There was a need to unite and present a common case to Government. David McLeod was a leader of the group which evolved into the High Country Committee of Federated Farmers, and the inside story of how they learnt to stalk the corridors of power makes absorbing reading. Wartime brought problems to the high country a drastic shortage of manpower , and machinery. There was a humorous side to things too, in the Wild West antics of the Guide Platoons especially formed to preserve us from potential invaders.


Whitcoulis Publishers

1980. 1st edition, hardback, 8vo, 254pp, good++++ dustwrapper

Internally in VG condition no inscriptions - well bound
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