History is King

Many of the New Zealand collection newest titles this month have a history focus. A collection of writings from one of the most widely read New Zealand historians Michael King heads the list.

Syndetics book coverThe silence beyond / selected writings by Michael King ; with an introduction by Rachael King.
“The Silence Beyond is a wide-ranging and often personal collection of King’s writings – many in print for the first time or no longer available – including essays, talks and eulogies for friends.” –Back cover.

Syndetics book coverWellington’s railways : colonial steam to Matangi / David Parsons.
“An illustrated record of the Wellington railway system. David Parsons documents progress of the greater Wellington railway system and motive power development through to introduction of the new Matangi multiple units. Also covered are associated transport modes including tramways, the cable car, rail ferries and rail air, with a chapter covering rail transport museums situated within the suburban network. This book is profusely illustrated with colour and black-and-white photographs of motive power variants, stations and associated infrastructure”.(Summary from Syndectics)

Syndetics book coverKarori and its people / edited by Judith Burch & Jan Heynes.
This book traces Karori’s transition from its beginings as a rural outpost in the 1840’s, through to the thriving community it is today – one of New Zealands largest and most significant suburbs. (Summary adapted from the back cover)

Syndetics book coverJohn Larkins Cheese Richardson : ‘the gentlest, bravest and most just of men’ / Olive Trotter.
“This biography recalls Richardson’s life of service in mid-nineteenth-century New Zealand. An Englishman born in Bengal, Richardson’s public life began in Dunedin, a small New Zealand town. Of note is his push for equal education for women, and his lengthy report on the rabbit population problem, foreseeing modern invasive species regulations. Illustrated with period photographs. Trotter is a Dunedin-based writer. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)” (Summary from Syndectics)

Syndetics book coverShaping Godzone : public issues and church voices in New Zealand 1840-2000 / Laurie Guy.
Churches as institutions, and Christians as individuals and groups, have made significant and often contentious contributions to shaping private and public morality and issues of social justice in New Zealand. Laurie Guy provides a lively account of Church and Christian involvement in a selection of these issues. This ground-breaking book highlights the influence of the church in the shaping of ‘Godzone’ – Aotearoa New Zealand. (Summary adapted from Syndectics)

Syndetics book coverNew Zealanders in focus : the documentary photography of Peter James Quinn.
“Peter James Quinn is one of New Zealand’s preeminent social documentary photographers. His images are revealing, offering insights into the nature of society we thought we knew well. His are images of humanity, pride, sadness, unbridled joy all approached with compassion and humour”.(Summary from Syndectics)