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The story of Birkenhead

Author: Margaret McClure; Birkenhead (Auckland, N.Z.). City Council.
Publisher: [Auckland, N.Z.] : Birkenhead City Council, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Birkenhead's story is one of Kawerau fishermen and pakeha adventures, strawberry growers and orchardists, sugar workers and gumdiggers, city merchants and suburban commuters. it is also the very human story of early settlers' struggles to establish themselves in an inhospitable enbironment, of the first horticulturalists' attempts to wrest their living from the steep, scrubcovered hills and their eventual success  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret McClure; Birkenhead (Auckland, N.Z.). City Council.
ISBN: 0908704046 9780908704040
OCLC Number: 35287486
Notes: Blue 1/4 binding.
Il. on lining papers.
Description: 223 pages : illustrations, facsimile, maps, portraits ; 19 x 26 cm
Contents: The Kawerau --
Adventures --
Settlers --
Strawberries and sugar --
Suburban retreat --
Independence --
Apple, Peach, Strawberry, Plum --
Turn of the century --
Losses --
Dancing years --
Hard times --
Wartime and flowers --
The harbour bridge --
Transformation --
City on a Hill.
Responsibility: Margaret McClure.

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"Birkenhead's story is one of Kawerau fishermen and pakeha adventures, strawberry growers and orchardists, sugar workers and gumdiggers, city merchants and suburban commuters. it is also the very human story of early settlers' struggles to establish themselves in an inhospitable enbironment, of the first horticulturalists' attempts to wrest their living from the steep, scrubcovered hills and their eventual success in turning the district into a major strawberry and fruitgrowing centre, and of the lives of the sugar workers- residents of Chelsea, the company town"--Back cover.

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