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  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143773559
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $50.00

The Plimmer Legacy

A family story from early Wellington to modern farming in the Rangitikei


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A wide-ranging family story stretching from the early days of European settlement of Wellington to contemporary farming in the Rangitikei area.

From Wellington’s Plimmer Steps to the green hills of Motukawa. This is the story of a family – several generations of influential people — starting with ‘the father of Wellington’, John Plimmer, whose statue stands at the bottom of Plimmer Steps on Lambton Quay. Stories of Victorian and Edwardian life in the capital city lead on to the diverging paths of later generations, with an ongoing involvement in commerce, politics and farming. The hard days for farmers during the Depression, the interweaving of networks in rural communities, and the development of modern farms in the central North Island, make for a highly engaging read — as seen through the experiences of one remarkable family.

  • Pub date: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143773559
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $50.00

About the Author

Bee Dawson

Bee Dawson is a social historian who enjoys researching and writing books on the history of people, places and gardens. The wide range of topics she has written about includes women painters, the air force, the New Zealand garden, freight transportation, Hobsonville air base, the Child Cancer Foundation, and Puketiti Station. See more at www.beedawson.co.nz.

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