Friday, July 23, 2010
The first settlements were near Orewa, Helensville, Warkworth and Wellsford. The book takes a reader from the early European settlers in the 1830's to 1976 and doesn't include the Maori history.
It is a work of great detail, 500 pages, has a text book feel to it and is almost intimidating to a non-academic such as myself. There is a very good index in the back but no bibliography.
If you have relatives in this area, you have a treasure trove here. There are interesting photographs of people and places, wonderful maps, and the author must have personally researched every family in the County down to what they ate for breakfast.