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  • Hilary Stace,

    The Mobil guides were by Diana and Jeremy Pope. They researched them in the Turnbull Library when I worked there and every liberal home had copies. Probably many still have.
    Jeremy Pope is an anti-corruption crusader and travel writer and is an officer of the NZ Order of Merit

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Jeremy Pope is an anti-corruption crusader and travel writer and is an officer of the NZ Order of Merit

    Thanks for that, the things you learn at PAS. I found stuff in the Mobil guide about the area I grew up in that I wish I'd known back in the day.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    I carry the Mobil Guides in the van - they're still useful.

    Giovanni - I have spare copy of the Shadbolt/Shell Guide (I discovered 4 of them in mint condition in the best 2ndhand bookshop in Oamaru
    (which is simply known as The Best Shop by family, because it deals in a helluva lot rmore than books...)would you mind sending me your address again? It's in this machine somewhere but....

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sayana,

    The Mobil guides were by Diana and Jeremy Pope. They researched them in the Turnbull Library...

    They also researched them by driving from one end of the country to the other and criss-crossing from one side to the other - one island at a time. And did it again for each new edition.

    Since Sep 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    That personally-driving-the-length&breadth bit really is the value in those guides- Shadbolt is more literary traveller than literate traverser-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Sayana, as I remember they researched in various institutions for several months (the winter?) and went travelling (summer?) The resources they used were things like the detailed card indexes of New Zealand place names compiled by earlyTurnbull Librarian Johannes Anderson, and the NZ foot traveller AH Reed, and every little school or church that had ever published a history. They were also innovative in bringing pre-pakeha history and geography into the mainstream.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    would you mind sending me your address again?

    Aw, you... it's done. I had half a mind of posting it here, so that everybody could send me things.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    As someone who once received an extremely dead eel from a rellie who had the best of intentions in sending it (I'd mentioned that I was missing real eels in Oz so he sent it to my home address while I was overseas for nearly 6 weeks)- possibly not?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Yes - live eels only please, folks.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    (pops one into a slightly chilled padded nylon tube - goodness, they get angry at that! Wheee! away it goes!)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sayana,

    @ Hilary

    That sounds about right - when they did the last edition of the South Island volume (IIRC) Diana and her son Sam did the driving section over one summer.

    I've heard they're doing a new version in a different format.

    Since Sep 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Giovanni - I have spare copy of the Shadbolt/Shell Guide

    Brilliant! I won't reveal the artist who did the cover painting - that can be a surprise for you.

    I found a 1976 edition in a Christchurch bookshop, but by then the paintings of each region had been replaced with scenic photographs.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

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