Logan Campbell’s Auckland: Tales from the Early Years

R. C. J. Stone


‘Well produced and illustrated . . . . best read and savoured chapter by chapter, with time to contemplate between each.’ – David Verran, Herald on Sunday


In Logan Campbell’s Auckland, Russell Stone, the doyen of Auckland historians and author of the awardwinning From Tamaki-makau-rau to Auckland, recounts 15 tales from his encyclopaedic knowledge of nineteenth-century Auckland. They include the stories of the tree on One Tree Hill, of a newspaper printed on a mangle, of two aborted duels, the mystery of a suicide, of the voyage of an early immigrant ship, of the wreck of the Orpheus, of how Ngati Whatua became the tangata whenua of the area, and more.

Logan Campbell’s Auckland not only entertains but also gives a real sense of how Auckland changed during those crucial early years. Stone strikes the right balance between story telling and historical insight and provides easy navigation for the modern day general reader by relating present day incidents to the past – for example, Mike Smith’s attack on the One Tree – or past incidents to their present day locations – topically, How Rugby came ashore and found its way to Eden Park.

In his characteristically elegant style Stone brings personalities, feuds and dramas brilliantly to life. This handsome book is vividly illustrated in black and white and colour.



R. C. J. Stone, the ‘historian of Auckland’, is the highly respected author of a two-volume life of John Logan Campbell, the ‘Father of Auckland’ and, among several other important books, the Auckland histories From Tamaki-makau-rau to Auckland (AUP, 2001) and Logan Campbell’s Auckland (AUP, 2007).


July 2007, 205 x 148 mm, 280 pages, colour & b/w illustrations, OS in New Zealand
Paperback, ISBN 9781869403935