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Never to Return Home and A Tent in the Bush - 2 eBook set - eBooks.

Never to Return Home and A Tent in the Bush - 2 eBook set - eBooks.

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Never to Return Home &
A Tent in the Bush
Two eBook set

By Fraser Boyd

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Never to Return Home: John and Mary White’s Otago Story

You are buying a zipped file containing eBook editions of this 204 page book in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats. (2015). ISBNs: Mobi 9781927260333; ePub 9781927260326;
PDF 9781927260340.

Soft cover, 204 pages
Published: 2015
Language: English
ISBN: 9781927260319
A5, Black and White

Book description 

Can you imagine sailing to the other side of the world with no hope of returning home?

Life in rural Ireland in the 1860s was tough, even after the potato famine was over.

Capable young men and women with a spark of ambition had few opportunities.

Many boldly emigrated to other countries to find a better life. Mary Neylon of Ennistimon in County Clare and John White of Letterkenny in Donegal, who arrived in Port Chalmers in 1864 and 1865 respectively, are two such adventurers.

Mary and John are the great grandparents of the author’s wife, Margaret. We know only a few basic facts about them but, with sustained imagination, Fraser Boyd tells the story of their early years in New Zealand.

Along the way we learn what life was like for the earliest farming families in Portobello and for those who settled in the growing towns of Port Chalmers and Dunedin. Mary and John started by working on farms in Portobello for a year, and we see them develop new skills and confidence. We also share in the joys and sorrows of the first years of their marriage.

The story provides a new understanding of how the rigid social and economic structures of Ireland gave way to a new sense of community and mutual respect between landowners and their workers in this country.

Going back home was not an option.

They had to succeed here.  

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A Tent in the Bush: William and Jeanie Wallace’s North Auckland Story

You are buying a zipped file containing eBook editions of this 194 page book in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats. (2017) ISBNs: Mobi 9781927260647; ePub 9781927260630; 15PDF 9781927260654.

Published: 2017
Paperback: 194 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Language: English
Words: 84,940

Book description 

Spurred on by the death of their first child, courageous young Scots Irish couple William and Jeanie Wallace go on the adventure of their lives to settle in 1860s New Zealand.

Based on real people, readers will soon get wrapped up in their story of hopes and dreams fulfilled, of escape from drab Scottish industrial towns and of the realities of starting again in an alien land.

The new colony enticed settlers from Britain by offering free, native bush covered land. In William and Jeanie’s case it was North Auckland. After spending a few months in Auckland to build up their reserves of funds and goods, William and Jeanie sail north and then slog overland by cart to their new home – literally, a tent in the bush.

Follow three generations of the Wallace family from rural Ireland during the potato famine, to Scottish mining towns and on to eventual hard-won prosperity in New Zealand.

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