Fred Graham Creator of Forms – Te Tohunga Auaha
by Maria de Jong with Fred Graham
Winner of the Arts category of the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2014
Fred Graham is a leading figure in New Zealand’s art world. He started his career as an art teacher, and since 1984, he has been a full-time sculptor, producing a wealth of work, and holding sell-out exhibitions. His work is displayed in public spaces in New Zealand and several Pacific Rim countries.
This book is richly illustrated with photographs of the artworks by award-winning photographer Geoff Dale, and it includes essays by Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Professor Robert Jahnke and Dr Jill Smith that discuss Fred Graham’s work in the context of New Zealand art.
210 x 250mm, 200 pages, softcover
ISBN: 9781775501343 Cost: $49.99
Available from Huia Publishing: www.huia.co.nz
by Maria de Jong
Hahei was once part of a large coastal farm and one of the children who grew up on that farm, Charles Harsant, tells his story. Charles grew up free range and barefoot. There were no roads and travel was by horseback or boat. Charles’ wife Ann grew up in wartime England and as a young woman toured New Zealand in a Model A Ford.
Ann describes her first view of Hahei: “It was as if we had landed on a desert island. There wasn’t a footprint to be seen and the sand was made up of tiny pink shells which glowed in the setting sun. It was truly beautiful.”
The Harsant Brothers started farming in Hahei in 1912 and their descendants are still farming in the area. This book is a rich family history with tales of gum digging, kauri felling, soldiering and breaking in the land. It traces the family’s emigrant roots in England in the 1850s to modern day Hahei and is lavishly illustrated.
260 x 200 mm, 237 pages, colour, softcover
Two Remarkable Women, Frances Fitzgerald Fawkner
and Sara ‘Sally’ Rainforth
by Maria de Jong and Rosalind David
Melbourne in the 1890s – women can’t vote and unmarried mothers are social outcasts. Frances, a young journalist, believes in equal rights for women and their right to have children outside of wedlock. In 1905, pregnant and alone, she boards a steamship for London. Closely intertwined with the lives of Frances and her daughter Sally are the lives of Frances’ best friend Ethel and her husband, author Charles Chomley.
In London Charles Chomley is editor/proprietor of the British Australasian newspaper where Frances is a senior journalist. Frances and her children are frequent visitors at the Chomley’s grand residence – No. 5 – a hub for Australian writers, artists and politicians.
As an adult in rural Wales, Frances’ daughter Sally must learn to reconcile the past, her origins, and the loss of loved ones. Gardening becomes her passion.
This intriguing double biography shows how women’s lives are shaped by society’s expectations and how social norms have changed. The book follows the lives of two strong women – Frances Fitzgerald Fawkner and Sara ‘Sally’ Rainforth.
260 x 200 mm, 177 pages, colour, softcover
In Search of the Gold Mount
by Maria de Jong
In 1940, Gordon is determined to escape the hardship and fear of living in Japanese occupied China. At age 14, he flees China on a borrowed passport and travels to relatives in Fiji.
There, he becomes independent at 15, and eventually marries and raises a family. Gordon’s own schooling was curtailed by war and he is determined to offer his own children an education. It is through building a successful café business in Suva that he is able to support his family. But there is a catch! In order to be successful, his wife, Alma, and their five children must help out. In the kitchen, Gordon learns to bake a variety of goods, from spicy curries wrapped in roti to delicious high, sweet buns. Alma learns the art of decorating wedding cakes. The children are often reluctant helpers, but through the café, they learn about team work and their own special strengths.
This is an honest and heart-warming account of Gordon’s life, from grinding poverty to prosperity.
210 x 148 mm, 161 pages, colour, softcover
Up at Daybreak
by Maria de Jong with David Wilton
For 100 years the Wilton family have farmed on Wilton Road, near Morrinsville. This book follows the life of David Wilton, who was born on the farm in a small cottage, without running water or electricity. At age 16, David started working on the dairy farm full-time and breaking in his own land. Generations of Wiltons have worked hard to transform the swampy land, covered with manuka, and divided by gullies, into the lush, prime Waikato dairy land that it is today.
A wealth of farming detail documents 100 years of farming and the changes that have occurred. David relates stories of draught horses ploughing the land and carting milk cans to the dairy factory; at milking time, men would squat down around 200 times – great fitness work for rugby players!
This book will appeal to readers interested in a rural lifestyle. Strong threads of caring for others, caring for animals, and a love of the land, run through the story.
Te toto o te tangata, he kai; te oranga o te tangata, he whenua.
Food supplies the blood of man; his welfare depends on the land.
260 x 200 mm, 168 pages, colour, softcover
I Remember Levuka
by Maria de Jong
Levuka in Fiji is the magical setting of Eileen’s childhood. There she played in a park ringed by coconut palms and swam in the refreshing mountain waters of the Falls. Her family loved to make music and play hockey.
Ambition spurs Eileen and her husband Ernie to leave the Islands and immigrate to New Zealand, where Eileen struggles to adjust to rainy winters and working seven days a week.
After raising a family, the couple retire to the Gold Coast of Australia. Aged 89 Eileen returns to her home town to find it much changed. Her recollections of growing up there are interspersed with the history of the picturesque old capital of Fiji and stories from her large family and the places where they have lived.
210 x 148 mm, 114 pages, colour, softcover
The Stafford-Bush Family
By Stephen D Stafford-Bush
Awarded second place overall in the Kevin McAnulty Awards, New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc. This comprehensive family history book is the result of almost 30 years of research by Stephen Stafford-Bush.
In search of his roots, Stephen has travelled to archives in London and to a cemetery in Kamptee, India, where he hunted for his ancestors’ tombstones in searing, 46 degrees Celsius heat.
This book details Stephen’s odyssey, tracing his family back to 1765, and during his quest he finds living relatives in four continents of the world. Descriptions of the war service of various family members transport the reader to the Pacific and European arenas.
This handsome book is richly illustrated with historical documents, paintings and photographs.
260 x 200 mm, 231 pages, colour, softcover