The Story of a High Country Marriage in Early Canterbury
Thomas Everard Upton is already immortalised in New Zealand literature by Lady Barker in her classic books Station Life and Station Amusements in New Zealand as “that kind and most good natured Mr.U,” and “the gentleman cadet”. Later Everard went on to manage High Peak Station, he and Eunice developing a close association with the owner Sir John Cracroft Wilson and his wife.
These letters vividly describe what it was like to live, work and raise children in the high country of Canterbury during the early years of settlement. They also tell the history of a marriage that had an ignominious end. Mr & Mrs will be of great interest to family historians – a virtual ‘who’s who’ of Canterbury appears throughout the narrative. The book, with its detailed information and many illustrations, will also appeal to social historians with its fascinating insights into life in early Canterbury.