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How is the river? : a Takaka Valley history

Author: Jane McDonald
Publisher: Picton, New Zealand : River Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"When the Sparrow family landed at Waitapu in 1857 they camped under a tarpaulin and wondered what they had done. It took three days to reach their newly-purchased 300 acres of uncleared land, several more to build a first rough whare on it.The Takaka Valley was worlds away from their civilised home in England, but to university-trained veterinarian George Sparrow and his wife Harriet it offered a future for their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Genealogy
History
Named Person: George Sparrow; Sparrow family.; Sparrow family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane McDonald
ISBN: 9780994123428 0994123426
OCLC Number: 1028540753
Description: 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The emigrants --
The journey to New Zealand --
A home by the river --
Early days in Massacre Bay --
A political voice --
George Sparrow, JP and coroner --
Country vet and stock inspector --
Keeping the faith --
The battle with nature --
The Takaka tramway --
Life in the valley --
Education and advancement --
Charlotte's diaries --
The sheep industry --
The marble industry --
Men at war --
The last years --
In their footsteps.
Responsibility: Jane McDonald.

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"When the Sparrow family landed at Waitapu in 1857 they camped under a tarpaulin and wondered what they had done. It took three days to reach their newly-purchased 300 acres of uncleared land, several more to build a first rough whare on it.The Takaka Valley was worlds away from their civilised home in England, but to university-trained veterinarian George Sparrow and his wife Harriet it offered a future for their three sons. Latin grammars were swapped for axes as the boys took on responsibilities beyond their years while George became active in public affairs and Harriet managed an isolated bush home. Floods and washouts were frequent, travel was weather-dependent and throughout the family’s 160-year history in Golden Bay the big question was, 'How is the river?' This is the story of a district and its people told through family diaries and daybooks. It covers the rise and fall of the timber and marble industries, the development of farming, the exploration of the hinterlands, the building of homes, churches, roads and bridges, and the everyday lives and relationships of pioneer settlers in the Takaka Valley"--Back cover.

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