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Author: Harry Broad; Rob Suisted
Publisher: Nelson, N.Z. : Craig Potton Publishing , 2013.
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"The name of Molesworth has huge national recognition, not only because it is our largest high-country station, but also because of the remarkable story of how, from the late 1940s, the legendary manager Bill Chisholm rebuilt a ruined landscape and turned it into a flourishing and profitable farm. Molesworth covers an area greater than Stewart Island, and is in every sense a working farm, home to one of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Broad; Rob Suisted
ISBN: 9781877517167 187751716X
OCLC Number: 858614062
Awards: Winner of New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2014.
Description: 192 p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 32 cm. + 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.

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"The name of Molesworth has huge national recognition, not only because it is our largest high-country station, but also because of the remarkable story of how, from the late 1940s, the legendary manager Bill Chisholm rebuilt a ruined landscape and turned it into a flourishing and profitable farm. Molesworth covers an area greater than Stewart Island, and is in every sense a working farm, home to one of the country{u2019}s largest cattle herds. For many years it was virtually closed to the public, which is one reason for its mystique, but that is in the process of change. Now managed by the Department of Conservation, vehicle access is allowed during the summer months and the public are able to experience this unique environment. The last account of Molesworth was published in 1969, so this book is a timely continuation of its history. It tells the stories of those who have contributed so much over the years to this highly successful station. Just as importantly, it explains the importance of recreation and conservation in the running of a modern high-country farm. Richly illustrated with the sweeping and evocative photography of Rob Suisted, this book on Molesworth Station is a must for all those interested in the iconic South Island high country. It will appeal to a very wide range of readers, from those who know the high country well, to those who don{u2019}t, but love reading about it." --Publisher description.

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