By Ian Dougherty
William James O’Leary used to be a guy of humble origins. His lifetime (1865-1947) spanned a interval of latest Zealand background whilst the rustic was once looking for homegrown heroes in whose lives the younger state may become aware of clues to the query of its identity.
The many years O’Leary spent within the unforgiving mountain nation of North-West Otago and South Westland, prospecting for gold and different minerals and making new tracks in unexplored components, used to be sure to be seemed with envy and admiration via townsfolk.
The myth-making procedure was once assisted whilst the nickname ‘Arawata invoice’ caught, however it is the man’s impressive feats of patience, tenacity and fascinating eccentricity which seize the mind's eye. upload within the secret of a misplaced ruby mine, a seaboot jam-packed with gold sovereigns and the air of secrecy of secrecy surrounding the search for priceless steel, and you have got the stuff of which legends are made.
Generations of recent Zealand schoolchildren are acquainted with Denis Glover’s poem ‘Arawata Bill’, but the topic of that paintings used to be in basic terms loosely in accordance with William O’Leary. the guy himself, in his solitary and self-effacing manner, used to be either smaller and bigger than the legend. He emerged as a kind of archetypal New Zealanders who helped to outline a particular nationality.
In this biography, Ian Dougherty has separated the fellow from the parable, with a warmly human portrait of a normal guy who lived a unprecedented life.
Ian Dougherty is a Dunedin-based journalist and author. He was once born and informed within the southern urban and has an M.A. in heritage from Otago collage. After learning journalism at Canterbury collage, he labored as a print and broadcasting journalist and journalism show, and as an historian with the historic department of the dep. of inner Affairs in Wellington. he's the writer of 20 books on New Zealand background, biography, tradition and society, together with ‘Heart Of Gold: the folks And areas Of Otago’, and ‘Southern Sting: The staff That encouraged A Region’, either released by means of Exisle Publishing.
'If you're keen on the secret of hidden gold and tales of a pioneering hero set amidst the awe-inspiring grandeur of South Westland, you will like this e-book. the price will not harm your pocket an excessive amount of, and it will do your middle good.' - New Zealand Wilderness
'Witty, concise and admirably researched, Ian Dougherty's short biography moves an ideal stability, not just outlining the veritable evidence yet retelling many of the extra stress-free legends.' - Pacific Wave
'Dougherty and Exisle have produced a publication that makes for fabulous narrative and interesting reading.' - Marlborough Express
'Dougherty serves up a desirable portrait of the outdated prospector, even if he debunks some of the legends that experience threatened to weigh down O'Leary the man.' - night Post
'Arawata invoice used to be a real personality and merits this tribute. He may possibly hardly ever have had a extra sympathetic chronicler who has sifted fiction from truth yet has misplaced not one of the romance of his subject.' - Northern Advocate
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Arawata Bill: The Story of Legendary Gold Prospector William James O'Leary by Ian Dougherty