Picton Heritage & Whaling Museum
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Book Sales

Come in for a visit to view our collection of books or contact us if you would like to purchase any of the books below.  We also have historical photographs for sale.
Prices below exclude Postage.
Digging up Marlborough's Past
PAT AKERBLOM

Akerblom captures glimpses of Marlborough's history and the hardships, tragedies and achievements of Marlborough's pioneers.

 $35
A Finger in so Many Pies
PAT AKERBLOM

A collection of the Mills family history and much information about the life and times of Charles Houghton Mills.

 $45
Captain John William Dundas Blenkinsop $28
Tramping Boots on our Doorstep
PAT AKERBLOM
 $30
The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife
JEANETTE APLIN

Set on remote Stephens Island, famous for its wildlife and pre-historic Tuatara, this is a story about self-discovery and the lighthouse community far away from the everyday world.

 $25
The Lighthouse Children's Mother
JEANETTE APLIN

Sequel to The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife, has moved south from rugged Stephens Island to remote Dog Island.

 $30

The Price of Bacon
JEANETTE APLIN

Jeanette Aplin and husband Pip have built a small home on the sparsely populated D'Urville Island. Most of the time on her own, she comes to form a special relationship with kunekune pigs.

$30
Dinghy to Daimler & Beyond 
BETTY ARCHER & FAMILY

A compilation written by two generations of the Archer family of the Tennyson Inlet of the Marlborough Sounds.

$60
Koromiko
KEN BERRY

A 'District History' of Koromiko. An entertaining record of Koromiko and its past people.

 $15
Scrutiny on the Country
KEN BERRY

An outline of the history of Marlborough, particularly Marlborough
County Council and the various Road Boards which amalgamated to form the local authority.

 $15
Bythell's Bay
JOAN BYTHELL

This book traces the history of Bythyll's Bay written by Joan Bythyll at the age of 89.  

 $25
The Wreck of the Penguin
BRUCE E. COLLINS

A detail of New Zealand's worst shipwreck of the 20th century. In 1909 the Penguin sank near Wellington with the loss of 72 lives, with only one survivor Ada Hannam.

 $35
Passion
MARION DAY

Living, Feasting and Writing deep in the Marlborough Sounds. A showcase of Marion's life in Clova Bay including local history and everyday living in a small, isolated community.

$65

Spiny Sebastian Starfish
MARION DAY

Spiny Sebastian Starfish is searching for his breakfast when he is hooked, hauled up into a boat and whisked away from his bay. What is going to happen to him?

 $20
The Perano Whalers of the Cook Strait 1911-1964 
DON GRADY

A detailed history of the Perano family who operated whaling stations inside the Tory Channel in the Cook Straight for half a century.

$75
Ordinary Women Extraordinary Lives
HEATHER HEBERLEY

An inspiring story of New Zealand women, many of whom call themselves "just ordinary" in the Fishing Industry.

 $30
Weather Permitting
HEATHER HEBERLEY
 Currently out of stock
$20
Flood Tide
HEATHER HEBERLEY

A sequel to Weather Permitting, of Heberley's adventures on land and sea, and the life her family lived on Arapawa Island.

$30
Riding with Whales
HEATHER HEBERLEY

Stories of Great Sounds Women, who spent most or all of their life in the Sounds. It details the livelihood of  a now vanished way of living.

 $30
The Wairau and its Forgotten Capital
BARRY HOLDAWAY

A detail of the "capital" comprising of hotels, wool stores and wharf structures which formed along the Wairau River in Marlborough, which eventually declined and is unknown of today.

 $40
As High as the Hills
HENRY D. KELLY

This centennial history of Picton explores the first Maori inhabitants, the presence of Captain Cook and the early whalers. It was first published in 1976. 

 $15
Impressions
EDITED BY JULIE KENNEDY

Anthology created by Picton Poets. From free verse to rhyming, haiku to ballad. Poems from eleven different poets.

 $20
Katherine Mansfield in Picton
JULIE KENNEDY

Katherine Mansfield left New Zealand at 19 to become a writer. This book quotes extensively from Mansfield and her relatives, and traces the links she and her family had with the Sounds.

 $30
Ngakuta Bay
TOM KENNEDY

A history of the Bay in Marlborough Sounds from 1832 - 2000.

 $25
Ngakuta Bay 2
TOM KENNEDY

Sequel to Ngakuta Bay, with further history of the  the Bay.

$30
Ngakuta Bay 3
TOM KENNEDY

The last of the set of three handbooks detailing the history of Ngakuta Bay.

 $30
Cockle Cove
LORNA MANSON

Lorna tells the story of Cockle Cove of the Bay of Many Coves in the Marlborough Sounds. The book details the unique setting and life of of the Manson family.

 $30
Beyond Dashwood
ROB. MERRIFILED

A history of building and operating the Main North Line from Picton to Kaikoura.

 $18
The Kaikoura Job 
ROB. MERRIFIELD

A detail of rebuilding KiwiRail's Main North Line since the Kaikoura earthquake of 14 November 2016.

$46
Death of a Cruise Ship - The Mystery of the Mikhail Lermontov
TOM O'CONNOR

A remarkable story of mystery, suspense, acute danger and extraordinary courage - a modern shipwreck which could have so easily taken hundreds to their death.

$45

The Sea was our Boundary
R.J. PATERSON

The Titirangi/Waitui Story of the Patersons 1929-1977.

 $70
Finding a way to Live
Complied by HOKI PERANO 

A collection of photographs and historical information brought together by the ex-whalers of the Tory Channel Whaling Enterprise.

$70
Blue and White

A Centennial Souvenir of the Picton Rowing Club, detailing the Clubs history from 1885-1985.

$10
The Children from the Lighthouse
MABEL POLLOCK

Pollock details their life as children, who got shifted from one lighthouse to the next and gives tribute to the great guy her dad was.

  $32
Driven by the Wind
KAREN STADE

The Memoir of Captain Henry Rose, who went to sea at 14-years-old and rose to command some of the fastest clipper ships in the world.

 $50
Cook's Ark
ALISON SUTHERLAND

A fascinating account of the animals that sailed with Captain James Cook to the South Pacific, with particular reference to New Zealand.

 $48
Old Will The first Arapawa goat

Written for children, this is the true story of the origins of the critically endangered New Zealand Arapawa Goat, brought here by Captain Cook.

 $15
Tales From Kenepuru
HELEN GODSIFF

Fragments of history from Kenepuru of the Marlborough Sounds.

$45

Just Ordinary Seamen
TED TANGYE

An account of wartime travel which begins with a party of twenty-four Ordinary Seamen, which eventuates to a lucky thirteen. 

 $10
The History of Waikawa School
MIKE TAYLOR

A detailed description of the history of Waikawa School of the Queen Charlotte Sounds.

 $40
Sleeping Dolphins
WEKA WRITERS

A Collection of yarns put together by the Weka Writers, of which many stories go back a long way.

$25
Laughter in the Sky
K.E.WILKEY

A collection of 60 short stories written by Wilkey the Chief Flying Instructor at the Marlborough Aero Club.

$40
Naive... and Proud of It!
JENNIFER WILKINSON

Wilkinson showcases Triska Blumenfeld's art which was inspired by local village communities that Triska had visited from Bali to India to Italy.

$45
Whalers by Providence
DON WILSON

This book details Patrick Norton's life during the  the seven-month voyage of the convict ship Providence from Cove of Cork to Sydney Harbour.

$50