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

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

"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 ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781927260319
Published 7 March 2015 by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Boyd, Fraser

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ISBN-13 9781927260319
ISBN-10 1927260310
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Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Imprint Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Publication Date 7 March 2015
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Boyd, Fraser
Category Historical Fiction
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age All ages
Reading Age All ages
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 204
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 210mm
Weight 400g
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code 563815

Description of this Book

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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Author's Bio

In 1957, at the age of 18, Fraser Boyd joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a photographer. After 18 years and many fascinating experiences, he transferred to the Management Services Branch of the NZ Defence Force (NZDF), where he served in numerous capacities for the next 36 years, in uniform and later as a civilian. His final job before retirement was to manage the treaties and arrangements that the NZDF has with other defence forces around the world. Margaret and Fraser have two children, five grandchildren and a great granddaughter to keep their retirement busy. They also have an active role in their church and Fraser is a Justice of the Peace. This is his first novel.

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