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In the Shadow of the Rock by Paul Corliss



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  • 386 pages, comprehensive index and bibliography, and 630+ photographs. Includes 8 pages of colour plates. A4 format, quality gloss paper, folded flaps on card covers.
    Initially published in an edition of 500 copies these sold out within 2 weeks of publication. A second but shorter printing has been produced, and have already sold out.

    Includes the geology, the surrounding hills and peaks, connections with port of Lyttelton, Ferrymead, Heathcote bridge & river, community organisations & sport clubs, vineyards, houses & homes, family histories of the valleys, pre European Maori, first families & colonisation, Bridle Path, struggles and historical background to Heathcote's school, general development, constructing the rail tunnel & road tunnel, Maltworks, pioneer orchardists, wineries, farmers & market gardeners, the Railways, larger-then-life personalities and local characters, impact of two world wars, the Larrikins of the 1880s, Gondola, first racecourse, the hotels and the Temperance movement, quarries & brickworks, infanticide & crime, and vicious assaults, the humour & and the families that make it what it is today...

    Canterbury author Gordon Ogilvie says:
    'Hearty congratulations on your Heathcote history... there is so much else that is new ... you've certainly made entertaining use of this resource facility, especially in relating tales of accidents and general mayhem in the early settlement. But above all, you've given the settler families themselves plenty of attention... Heathcote residents ought to be delighted. Your huge range of photos, all sharply reproduced, are another valuable feature. And the bibliography is a cracker.

    To top it off, you write with clarity and wit. The book is immensely readable...
    As a source book, [it] will be essential reading for decades...'
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