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Reminiscences of the Early Settlement of Dunedin and South Otago

WHAT event in the history of a nation is more worthy of notice, nay, of veneration and pride, than the story of that nation's birth and of the early struggles of the lion-hearted pilgrim fathers - men and women alike - who did so much towards placing its affairs on a successful footing?

Their remarkable foresight, their self-denial, their unwearing labours, and their many heart-breaking difficulties, successfully overcome, demand some hearty recognition at the hands of those who have reaped, and are still reaping, the benefits. It is to their forefathers and their deeds that all canons and peoples point with pride, and what more fitting than that the young Outagans should do the same? Can there in history be found a nobler story of the beginning, and ultimate success of a people, than the story of Otago and its founders? In the opinion of the compiler of this account there cannot, and future generations may point with pride to the early pioneers of Otago, who. to their everlasting honour be it said, were men and women of the right stamp, worthy representatives of those who have always led the van of Britain's march of empire round the world.

It is with the object of placing on record a short account - history it cannot be called - of the settlement of the Province, dealing more especially with the Clutha District and its pioneer settlers, that this sketch is published.

In dealing with the subject, it is absolutely necessary to exclude a great deal of interesting matter, which would be included if a history of the Province were being treated upon. Lest much disappointment should arise by this omission, short chapters, explanatory of the initial steps taken by the original founders of the Province and of their development, will be added, as well as an outline of the settlement of Dunedin, and of the country between Dunedin and the Clutha.

The compiler desires to record his hearty thanks for assistance and information received from early settlers and their descendants. from the newspaper Press, and from authors of accounts already published. Many publications have been put under contribution, and their information has been largely used.

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