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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Harry Broad; Rob Suisted
|Notes:||Accompanied by colour foldout map of Molesworth Station in envelope inside back cover.|
|Awards:||Winner of New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2014.|
|Description:||192 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), colour maps ; 26 x 32 cm. + 1 foldout map|
|Contents:||Introduction: The mystique of Molesworth --
Part one: 1850-1938. (When capital was king ; 'Our well armed vegetable opponents': exploring Molesworth ; A link in the trails for Maori ; Battling the elements and each other ; The St Helens saga: farming against long odds ; Early station life: stewed mutton and duff puddings ; William Acton-Adams: keeping a close eye on his estates ; No place to run a railroad ; The 78-mile rabbit-proof fence ; Murder on Molesworth ; Cob buildings: a 'good hat' and 'dry feet') --
Part two: 1938-2003. (Rebuilding a ruined landscape ; Soil and water wars drag in Molesworth ; Lucy Moore: setting up the signposts ; Bill Chisholm: a commanding high-country figure ; Sir Thaddeus McCarthy: a fascinating friendship ; Rachel Chishilm: 'grace and hospitality personified' ; Don Reid: a season on Molesworth will do me ; Ann Reid: it was just home to me ; Access and ownership issues come to the fore ; A plethora of plans). Part three: 2003-2013. (A change of ownership and the power play of politics ; Hamish Ensor: the quiet hand at the helm ; Jim Ward: 'someone with real passion' ; Tracey Ward: the minister for most things ; Max Nelson: the last of the old-time rabbiters ; The key to a good muster ; Dan Jury: words can't really describe it ; Shirl Hewlett: 'we all eat the same, or we don't eat at all' ; The yearly round ; Every weed except seaweed ; Using smart science against TB ; Holding the stillness in the palm of your hand ; Patrick and Kevin Schimanski: firing up the forge ; Like riding through a painting ; Knights of the road ; Malcolm Bell: fishing on Molesworth for 50 years ; Bridget Jessep: the ride of the river goddess ; Shoot-out at the Molesworth corral ; Native biodiversity: part of our place ; The influence of climate and geology ; A 10,000-kilometre trek ; Of birds and bugs ; 'Lost' skink re-emerges on Molesworth ; It's tough being a Terndale bully) --
Conclusion: The future ain't what it used to be.
|Responsibility:||Harry Broad ; photographs by Rob Suisted.|