Wheelers Books

Penguins Under the Porch: A Yorkshireman's Ode to Oamaru

Penguins Under the Porch: A Yorkshireman's Ode to Oamaru

David Harbourne fell in love with Oamaru when he first visited it and returned a few years later to write an in depth study of the town and its history. The story of Oamaru's history and revival is written with humour and flair,

Usually ships 6-12 working days – This title is in stock at publisher

Quick Reference

ISBN 9781927167366
Published 13 May 2018 by Wily Publications
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Harbourne, David
Availability In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

... view full title details below.

Buy Now

  • $34.99 Retail price
  • $31.49 Wheelers price
  • You save $3.50!
Add to Basket Add to Wishlist

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781927167366
ISBN-10 1927167361
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Wily Publications
Imprint Wily Publications
Publication Date 13 May 2018
International Publication Date 14 May 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Harbourne, David
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories: Discovery / Historical / Scientific
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 292
Dimensions Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 993.91
Catalogue Code 913179

Description of this Book

David harbourne first stumbled across Oamaru more or less by chance while on a short visit to New Zealand from his home in Yorkshire, England. He discovered a town that was built from scratch in the second half of the nineteenth century. He quite accidently discovered the "Old Town", a part of Oamaru that is a time capsule built from gleaming limestone: one intricately carved classical building following another, each hinting at a half-forgotten history of wealth and optimism. And he found penguins. Lots of them. And Steampunk HQ. Thoughts of Oamaru nagged at him for five years. Finally, he quit his job, travelled half way round the world and spent a long and very happy time poking around and talking to anyone who would talk back - which in New Zealand, of course, meant basically everyone. He found out about Oamaru's founding figures: self-made men; a talented architect; New Zealand's first female novelist, and two police sergeants called Bullen. He met people who have revived interest in Oamaru's heritage, a latter-day Victorian, the mayor, steampunks and the genius behind the country's first moated castle. He ate whitebait frittata, muttonbird and Kurtoskalacs, and became an honorary Oamaruvian just in time for the Victorian heritage celebrations. The result is this entirely quirky, often hilarious, anecdotal "ode" to a town David Harbourne believes is still not entirely convinced that it is a jewel in New Zealand's crown. "It is", David firmly maintains. "It really is."

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

There are no reviews for this title.

^ top

Author's Bio

David Harbourne was born and brought up in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. He first worked in the Ministry of Agriculture before moving into vocational education and training. He gave it all up to write this book, which was either very brave or very foolish, depending on your point of view. (He prefers brave.) One of his four adult children, Alice, lives in New Zealand.

^ top