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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has heavy surface rubbing, a 33mm tear, and light wear to the edges. There is a slant to the spine, and light shelf wear to the edge of the cover around the spine area. There is heavy age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover, to the first and last 2 pages, and to the edges of the compressed pages. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 252 x 192 mm
Pages: 194
Publisher: A.H & A.W. Reed Ltd.
Publication date: 1984 first edition


The Pioneers of Port Nicholson
By David McGill

Over the past eight years David McGill has written a whimsical and affectionate newspaper column on the history of the harbour city. From those excursions grew this more comprehensive voyage through the history of Wellington harbour.

The journey begins with what is thought to be the first extensive and authentic account of Maori settlement around Te Whanganui-a-Tara and of the Pakeha peoples who followed. It describes the enterprises that developed the city of Wellington, from pioneering efforts to private and public administration of the port. It includes the first history of boatbuilding in this city and the move from sailing ships to steamers and finally container shipping. For the section on the defence of the harbour the author won the Cowan Memorial Prize for Historical Journalism.

More than 100 historic photographs turn back the years. What is not illustrated visually comes to life under the author's talented pen - people like the wharfinger who once built a chimney in his office while waiting for a ship to come in; or the turn-of-the-century crowds who flocked to Lyall Bay for sandcastle competitions and treasure hunts in the dunes.


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