Inside our Latest Issue
Issue 139 (Aug-Sept 2019)
In The Great Stink and Other Reasons, John Stackhouse adds a strong incentive for hopeful emigrants to escape the overcrowded city of London in the mid nineteenth century, the summer of 1858 being one of the hottest recorded in Britain. New Zealand, depicted as a bounteous land of opportunity, would have seemed the answer to many prayers. The reality was a daunting sea voyage and the likelihood of shaping a new life through backbreaking toil. And the prospect of ever returning ‘home’ was virtually non-existent. Not a decision for the faint-hearted.
Moving forward a century, Mervyn Dykes remembers his favourite cowboy at the Saturday Matinee, while Leonie Couper danced the night away at the Martinborough Young Farmers Debutante Ball described as “ the stellar event of the season”.
Ron Galloway’s contribution is intriguing. Armed with much research and a sketchy farm ledger entry, Ron, along with his wife, traced the route of his grandfather’s 1933 flight with Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith while on a recent road trip. The highlight, Ron remarks, was meeting the helpful people along the way. It seems that the New Zealanders psyche of friendliness and down-to-earth practicality goes back a long way. During early settlement a kindness ‘never forgotten’ is recorded in our leading article; new immigrant Mary was given “a plate of delicious pancakes and a jug of the nicest tea’ after. Long may this attitude continue.
For a sample of the more unusual, the fluorescent glasshouse story – an account of recycling at its most imaginative – is hard to beat. Or if a heart-warming animal tale is more to your taste, ‘Jack the Wonder Dog’ will put a smile on your face.
In addition to these stories and articles, Issue 139 offers an array of exceptional reads and we take a peak at early life in the regions of Auckland and The West Coast.
Enjoy this latest issue .