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A Goodly Heritage. Eketahuna and Districts 100 Years 1873-1973. Irene Adcock. (1973) 1973 with corrections. Eketahuna Borough and County Councils, Eketahuna


Mellemskov, in the Wairarapa Forty Mile Bush, now known as Eketahuna, was mostly settled by Scandinavian settlers plus some Germans from 1873. The name is loosely translated as “the heart of the bush” as it was surrounded by bush which was gradually cut & burned. Alfredtown was settled earlier in 1868 & British settlers took up larger farms nearer the hills

Under the Vogel Scheme Scandinavians were allocated 40 acre bush blocks with no clear land at 1 pound an acre payable by instalment. Passages were free apart from 8 pounds for food
Arriving in Wellington on the Forfarshire, with a lot of their household goods lost, the men walked, the women & children rode in drays arriving 3 days later at Kopuaranga camp where they lived while clearing their land

Outlying areas are Kaiparoro; Putara; Rongokokako; Kakariki; Hukanui; Ihuraua; Waihoki; Tiraumea; Nireaha

Sawmills, locations
Droving. Roads, railways
1942 earthquakes; fire 1960
Many names incl first landowners

Named photos incl: 1927 Vol Fire Brigade; early settlers; sports teams; Boer War Veterans; bush fellers plus early cottages & businesses


354pp; b/w photos; tables; index; appendix; maps on epps; thick hard covers, gilt lettering; very good condition; closed page edges sl browned & l/foxed
Dust jacket; very good condition; wear spine head; wrinkle top front edge; spine sunned


Text Copyright 2009
Collectible Books, Napier



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