Monday, August 16, 2010

Book: The Kainui Story

Browsing the local history section of the library, I came across this book comprising of collected family stories, compiled by Russell Clarke of Hamilton self-published in 2006. ISBN 0 473 116227.

I often drive through the area to visit my sister and had no idea that this little place even existed. The area is a Y shape including the greater part of Driver Rd and Kainui Rd, just south of Taupiri and north of Ngaruawahia.

The settlement began with an auction in 1911 of he Kainui Estate consisting of between 25-30 farms and the compiler used entries from 1930's and 1940's of the families in residence then.  You get a feeling when reading this book that people just got on with it without complaint in those hard years. At least they had decent food and home-made entertainment, not like the swaggers passing through who really had it tough.

The book is a good read, well written. No index or bibliography.

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