Author(s): Edited by Helen Laurenson
NZ Non Fiction
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The History of Mount Eden: the district and its people brings together a fascinating record of the men and women, the places, stories and events that have helped to shape the suburb from the earliest pre-history of its distinctive geological formation until the present day. The importance of this fertile region and the mountain Maungawhau as a cultural and political centre for Māori and its subsequent focus for inter-regional conflict, together with its continuing significance reaching beyond the Tāmaki Makaurau Isthmus, have been accorded their rightful place in this comprehensive history.
Following Pākeha settlement, Mount Eden’s local and political governance, religious and educational institutions, its art and culture, sports and community activities, transport, healthcare, industry and businesses are among the many subjects covered, as well as short biographies of many notable Mount Edenites. There is a list of the mayors and councillors who served the Mount Eden Borough, and an index of its street names. As many as possible of the intriguing details and stories of its people and of their everyday life have been included, together with a wealth of illustrations, some of which have never been published before.
Undertaken by a volunteer group of dedicated historians working together as a team for some years, and marking the sesquicentenary of the setting up of the first Mount Eden Highway Board in 1868, this book takes its rightful place, providing a timely local history record as Auckland undergoes remarkable change and expansion.