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Most New Zealanders know it simply as 'the Coast', and its fiercely parochial inhabitants are 'Coasters'. The South Island's West Coast has a particularly colourful history, and that special character persists to the present day. In words and photographs this lavishly illustrated book traces the story of the Coast from its geological origins through Maori settlement, European explorations by Charles Heaphy, Thomas Brunner and other, the goldrushes, the coal industry and the emergence of railways, the rise of unionism, the effects of war and depression, the changing fortunes of forestry and the growth of conservation and tourism.
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Book Description Reed Books (2005), Auckland, 2005. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. No signatures. A little wear to corners of covers.; 184 pages. Page dimensions: 241 x 216mm. New Zealand regional history, West Coast of the South Island. Numerous black and white photographic illustrations. "The West Coast of the South Island has one of the most colourful histories of any region in New Zealand, and that colour and character persists to the present day. This lavishly illustrated volume traces the West Coast in text and photos from its geological origins through all of the major stages of its development: settlement by Maori; the early European explorers like Brunner and von Haast; the gold rushes, coal industry and emergence of railways; unionism, politics and the effect of war and depression; development of forestry ranged against conservationism and tourism.". Seller Inventory # 18537
Book Description Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd, Auckland, 2005. Soft Covers. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: None. First Edition. 24.5 cm, 184 pp, b&w photo illus, soft covers. Small name to half title. VG copy. Seller Inventory # 006116