hundred years ago the Rutherfords were a Canterbury
dynasty, the seven sons of poor Scottish migrants having
acquired huge tracts of land. By hard work and astute
dealings they, like others nearby, earned the name 'Amuri
Wool Kings'. This book tells how they achieved this,
and how they lived their lives. It is an inside story
of seven families that worked hard and played hard,
contributing to their communities, cooperating and disagreeing,
and sharing successes and setbacks.
but Grass and Wind describes the fortunes of the
author's own family and explains how they shaped, and
were shaped by, geographical, economic and social factors.
In a history which spans almost one hundred years, Janet
Holm develops this pastoral theme to include the whole
fascinating period of Canterbury squatters.
Rutherford saga is the kind of stuff TV blockbusters
are made of. And Janet Holm does it justice." Christchurch