Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, November 1968
"Remembered Trails," by J. E, Tomlinson, holds the reader's attention as he moves through threequarters of a Century. A retentive memory, an acute perception of people and places, and a deep interest in all he has seen, contribute to make this book very pleasant reading.
The story centres round the Molesworth, Tarndale, The Rainbow, Top House, Lake Station and the Upper Motupiko area, but excursions take one into the Upper Wairau Valley, to gold fields, hunting wild sheep and cattle, army experiences, and associated with these one meets, on the road, innumerable unusual characters—some good and some not quite so good.
The names of people who, over the past century, have made this area what it is, appear on every page. Successes, failures, drama and death all have their place.
The sheep runs of the area are well described and this will have an appeal to the farmer as the same problems recur and will continue to do so.
Residents of Marlborough and of Nelson will find here very interesting reading as it gives a picture of places that are at our back-door, and of the lives of those who lived on them. The reader from further afield will enjoy the book for its humour and the presentation of a way of life in this period.
To sum up, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I suggest that when a reprint follows, a map of the area should be included.
—James A. Jenkins.