Author(s): Stevan Eldred-Grigg
This is a first - a thorough and carefully researched history of the gold rushes in New Zealand - and it establishes a benchmark for future work on the history of the gold rushes. It's based on sound scholarship and aimed at the wide and growing general readership of those keen to know more about, and to weigh up, the history of New Zealand. The scope is the social history of the whole of the goldfields of the whole of colonial New Zealand from the 1850s to the 1870s. The early chapters of the main body will survey rushes chronologically. The later chapters will look at rushes thematically. Beautifully illustrated with sketches and watercolours of the times, this is both a wonderful read and a beautiful gift book.
Winner of PANZ Book Design Awards: Non-Illustrated Book 2009.
Stevan Eldred-Grigg won the $35,000 Copyright Licensing Limited scholarship to write this book. He is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and historian. His first novel, Oracles and Miracles, was published in New Zealand in 1987. He has written eight other novels. His histories include A Southern Gentry, A New History of Canterbury, Pleasures of the Flesh, Working People, The Rich and Xin Xilan de Wenxue Lucheng. He has three grown sons.