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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 12 (March 2, 1936)

Our Gaelic Pioneers

Our Gaelic Pioneers.

The tales of the hard-faring founders of the Highland Scottish-Nova Scotian founders of Waipu and adjacent parts in the North Auckland country are rich in lessons of courage and endurance that are particularly worth recalling in these days of ease and many inventions.

Much has been told, yet there is always something new in the simple annals of these hardy Gaelic nation-makers, as recounted now and again by their descendants. I have just been dipping into Mr. N. R. Mackenzie's book, “The Gael Fares Forth,” the story of Waipu and sister settlements. There is intimate detail here of the life of three generations ago when Waipu was literally hewn out of the forest.