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By Denis Welch In Books

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24th July, 2010
When it was suggested to Lydia Wevers that she write something about a collection of old books gifted to Victoria University 40 years ago, she thought there might be an essay in it, or a topic for a speech. Then she opened the books - and felt what she calls the "most extraordinary sense of connection". Suddenly, she says, "I felt as if I was talking to people in the 19th century." The books, all published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, came from the lending library of the Brance­peth sheep station in eastern Waira­rapa. Yes, dear reader, sheep stations had their ...

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