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A SOUTHERN GENTRY: New Zealanders Who Inherited the Earth
(The Story Of the Southern Landed Gentry)

by Stevan Eldred-Grigg.

"Stevan Eldred-Grigg reveals the story of colonial life in nineteenth century South Island. A history of the large landowners of the South Island - the landed gentry who built huge mansions and carried on the snobbish and luxurious traditions of their British counterparts, at the cost of their less fortunate brothers. He tells how this elite lived, established their wealth, exclusive social circles and carefully ordered domestic routines, private schools & religious and political influences. Lots of photos of many of the great houses and social events etc. The author is himself a descendant of one of the old Canterbury families & tells of houses with 54 rooms, the hunt, weddings etc."

Largesized hardback published by Reed,1980, 1st edition

192 pages incl index, b/w photos

Book in generally Good condition. Plastic protector on Dust Jacket has left strip of gum residue to board edges and to blank endpapers. Light tanning effect starting to paper. Pages tight and clean. No inscriptions.

Dust Jacket in plastic protector. (book is not ex-library)



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