In May 1929, 21-year-old Garlick Martin rode his horse into the wilderness south of Rotorua, to find land to develop a farm on a virgin block of tussock and scrub at Ngakuru, the last frontier. This is a story about how Garlick and his wife Hazel (nee Ford ) carried on the pioneering spirit of their ancestors in New Zealand, the difficulties they overcame in establishing their farm on a foreboding volcanic landscape. Pumiceland Pioneers is full of fascinating stories about their grandparents’ migration by sailing ship to Aotearoa, their life as early pioneers of the 19th century and the lives of their children who settled on the Volcanic Plateau in the early 20th century. The book also follows the adventures of Garlick and Hazel’s youngest son, Douglas.
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