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First Edition 1970, Black and White Plates, 249 Pages, Published by Reed Wellington. inscription on fly page otherwise A Very Good Copy.

'Island peoples are commonly sea-salted, self-reliant, adventurous, self-sufficient, independent and individual, yet quick to help each other when need arises. The Stewart Islanders have all these qualities in double quantity, for they have been not only conditioned by the island environment but, Maori and Pakeha alike, they are so often descended from island forbears, Polynesian or Orkney, or from the sea-coast stock of Europe.

Olga Sansom is herself a Stewart Islander and grew up in its tradition. She knew its old people and remembers them gratefully and with love. She learned the paths, and the seaways and the beaches, the wildlife of forest and seashore. Old characters, old ships and mills, old stories grim or gay'

The book provides a history of the islands from the time of European (Pakeha) settlement, particularly Half Moon Bay, Horse Shoe Bay, Mason Bay and the Norweigian whaling station.

The book full of photos recording the history & stories of the Stewart Island peoples. The authoress is now retired and lives in Stewart Island, back among the people and in the setting that her book so vividly describes.

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