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Reminiscences of a country blacksmith / written by Harold Curtis-Smith.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-A-230

Scope and Contents

The first part of Reminiscences of a country blacksmith is autobiographical and covers the author's childhood and youth on a farm north of Auckland (an accompanying note tells us the author lived at Maungatoroto though the text speaks only of Northland). He begins work at his uncle's smithy, works for a time in the goldfields district at Paeroa, then returns to his home district in 1914 to buy the smithy from his uncle and set up business for himself. War breaks out; he fights in France, but there is only the briefest account of warfare. He returns to the smithy in 1919. Part II consists of chronicles or anecdotes of country life centred on a group of gaffers who met each day for conversation in the smithy.


  • [189?-1919].


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted


0.02 metres (1 folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs A. Annabell of 1982.



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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand