The Far Downers

The Far Downers, ISBN9781877276071

The Far Downers; The People and History of Haast and Jackson Bay by Julia Bradshaw.

Based on an oral history project which recorded the life stories of older settlers whose memories stretched back to long before the road connecting these remote South Westland settlements was built in 1960.

In 1874 a special settlement for European immigrants was established at Jackson, but some of the new arrivals refused to disembark from their ships,

such were the harsh and isolated conditions they saw before them. Those who remained were a feisty lot, living a pioneering life while elsewhere in the country people went to the movies, listened t0 the radio and drove cars

 

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