Jim has spent considerable time in all weather roaming the Carrick Range, exploring it’s many features and learning more about the local history. This inspired Jim to write “The Carrick Range, the story of an iconic Central Otago mountain range.” Published in his 80th year, the 316 page book is a comprehensive physical, social and historical guide to the Carrick Range in Central Otago. It covers everything from geology, Māori legends, the challenging gold rush years and the history of the large sheep stations, to the Chinese sojourners, pioneering women and tourism. In this interview, Jim recounts the history of the range, bringing many common Central Otago activities of this era to life with delightful ease. Jim also shares about his various occupations, and time as Deputy Director with the Southland Polytechnic.
Interviewer: Joan Lawrence
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