Tales of region captured in book
The peninsula project to document the history of Kelvin Heights in Queenstown was officially unveiled at the weekend. Historian George Singleton’s book Our Place in the Sun edited by Chris Parvin was launched at Hilton Queenstown’s Wakatipu Grill. Mr Singleton, a retired county clerk, said his interest in history developed during his school days when the modern history of New Zealand and Australia was ignored in favour of British and European texts. He said he was a vociferous reader and thought that it was a relatively simple task to document 50 years of the peninsula. ‘‘Hell, it’s only 50 years , but I thought ‘ Heck, yeah,I have to go right back and do the pre-history’. It’s not just a book, it’s a history of the community, the story of a real community and the Otago-Southland of years ago written for our community and for those who are to follow.’’ During the research he spoke to many of the descendants of pioneering Wakatipu families, the Jardines, the Mee family and others. The book, published by Kelvin Peninsula Community Association, includes reproduced colour and black and white photographs, painstakingly researched text and a wealth of information about the settler era and the history of Queenstown. Pioneer William Rees built a homestead near Kawarau Falls in the 1860s, the modern day Hilton site, before subdividing of the peninsula started in earnest in 1958. Sections were available from a starting price of around 100 pounds. To order a copy of the book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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