Friday, July 23, 2010

Book: The Rock and the Sky

This book is the story of Rodney County by H. Mabbett. ISBN 0-86864-018-2, first published by Wilson and Horton Ltd in 1977.

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.

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