In 1957, at the age of 18, Fraser Boyd joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a photographer. After 18 years and many fascinating experiences, he transferred to the Management Services Branch of the NZ Defence Force (NZDF), where he served in numerous capacities for the next 36 years, in uniform and later as a civilian. His final job before retirement was to manage the treaties and arrangements that the NZDF has with other defence forces around the world.
Margaret and Fraser have two children, five grandchildren and a great granddaughter to keep their retirement busy. They also have an active role in their church and Fraser is a Justice of the Peace.
Spurred on by the death of their first child, courageous young Scots Irish couple William and Jeanie Wallace go on the adventure of their lives to settle in 1860s New Zealand.
Follow three generations of the Wallace family from rural Ireland during the potato famine, to Scottish mining towns and on to eventual hard-won prosperity in New Zealand.
Can you imagine sailing to the other side of the world with no hope of returning home? Mary Neylon (County Clare) & John White (Donegal), who arrived in Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in 1864 and 1865 respectively, are two such adventurers. We know few facts about these great grandparents of the author’s wife, but, with sustained imagination, he tells the story of their early years in New Zealand.