MORE than 140 years after pastoralist and local identity, John Mackersey, left his ‘Kenilworth’ property at Cavendish for New Zealand, his diaries have returned home.
The journals and stock book, which recorded his daily life on the land between 1857-1871, were officially unveiled at an Australia Day function.
About 80 invited guests gathered for the launch inside the now historic wool shed built by the sheep farmer and author during his time at Kenilworth, some who had travelled from England and New Zealand.
These included descendants of John Mackersey and his business partner Thomas Edward Bostock, and family of the current owners of Kenilworth, Alan and Margaret Brumley.
The original diaries, which feature a number of familiar names from the era, had been kept over the generations at a Mackersey family property in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand.
But following almost seven-years of painstaking research and translation, limited copies of the historic document have been made privately and publicly available, including copies in the Hamilton Library and Hamilton History Centre.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, January 30, 2014.