The Runaway Settlers

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HarperCollins Australia, Mar 1, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 176 pages
This long-established and well-loved classic by renowned author Elsie Locke was first published in 1965, and now returns to print as a Collins Modern New Zealand Classic. the year is 1859 and the Small family arrives in the Canterbury colony without a penny to their name. Mother and six children have a hard beginning to their new life - all the more since they are runaways from a cruel father and husband in Australia. But there are adventures ahead . . . this long-established and well-loved classic by renowned author Elsie Locke was first published in 1965.

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This is a historical fiction set first in Australia and then New Zealand in 1859. Mary Elizabeth Small escapes from her abusive drunkard husband and with her six children flees to New Zealand. As they ... Read full review

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Great story about life for early settlers in New Zealand. Rare for solo mothers to succeed on their own in those days, but this lady was entrepreneurial, resourceful and courageous. Read full review


To the Reader
1 The Australian Farm
2 Escape to Sydney
3 Ships and Donkeys
4 Goodbye Sydney
5 Cashmere
6 Over the Hills
15 The Boat
16 A Visitor Received
17 A Visitor Unseen
18 The Call of the Gold
19 The Vanishing Cattle
20 The Diggers Road
21 Encounter in the Darkness
22 Mates on the Track

7 A Place to Put Your Foot Down
8 The Robber in the Garden
9 Crisis at Cashmere
10 Maori Challenge
11 Surprise at Lyttelton
12 Wagga
13 Hardworking Summer
14 Through the Storm
23 The Terrible Cow
24 Home Again
25 In the Orchard
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Elsie Locke was born in 1912, in Hamilton she passed away in 2001. She has been described as a peace campaigner, environmentalist, novelist, historian, community worker and national treasure. Elsie was also a feminist and socialist who campaigned against nuclear weapons and wrote more than 20 books, including a number of historical novels for children and several social histories of NZ.

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