I wrote this history of my home parish in Timaru to mark the centennial of its magnificent basilica in 2011. I tried to incorporate lots of deeper background on Irish migration, sectarianism and so on – garnered from my academic work – but present it in a popular style that would be accessible to a wide audience. The parish book committee did a fantastic job of promoting the book to local parishioners and the entire print run of 500 sold out within a month. They offered me the option of arranging a second print on my own but I opted not to. I was quite chuffed to have a ‘sell-out’ in such short order. Unfortunately this did limit the book’s impact beyond Timaru and lots of people missed out on buying a copy. So I am making a PDF of the book available here to make it accessible to those who can’t get a copy from a library.
[Note that this download is 21 MB]