A copy of a limited edition publication released in 1970 entitled "Early Days in Taranaki and After" by Lewis Watkins. He tells the story of his parents, Matthew Lewis Watkins and his wife Mary (nee Jones) who came to New Zealand on the Wanganui in 1879, settling in Okaiawa and later taking up land on the corner of Skeet and Palmer Roads. The third of four boys, Lewis describes his schooling and rural life in South Taranaki. Also included are copies of letters written by his Matthew Watkins to his sister Pollie in England. Later, Lewis and his wife Nellie moved to Arahiwi where they continued farming and the narration finishes in 1942 with the family near Tirau. A footnote states that the writer planned to continue, however after a brief illness, he passed away on his eightieth birthday.
Photcopy of a typescript, 18 pages.