You are invited to the launch of

Wildbore: A Photographic Legacy

by Catherine Knight

Palmerston North Central Library
4 The Square, Palmerston North
Wednesday 29 August 2018 5:45pm – 7:15pm

“This book explores the world of Pohangina Valley farmer Charles E. Wildbore through his remarkable photographs.

Wildbore captured the unprecedented environmental change that, by the beginning of the 20th century, had transformed a densely forested valley into farms and orderly settlements. His photographs enable us to visualise the forests that have been almost entirely extinguished from the lowlands of the Manawatū region and, indeed, throughout New Zealand. More than that, they allow us to imagine a future where forests and wetlands are restored in coalescence with landscapes of human endeavour.

Environmental historian Dr Catherine Knight is the author of three previous books: Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand, New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history, and Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu.

Catherine lives with her family on a farmlet in the Pohangina Valley, not far from where Charles Wildbore and his family once lived.”

Free admission, light refreshments served.

For a news story about the book, see: and for more on the launch see Catherine’s fantastic Envirohistory NZ website:

Image: Phillip Capper, Pohangina Valley, Manawatu, from Saddle Road, CC BY 2.0