Author(s): Geoffrey Rice
Once described as 'the grand old man' of New Zealand public life, Sir Heaton Rhodes was certainly one of the best-known and most-loved public figures in Canterbury province in the first half of the twentieth century. His country mansion, Otahuna, near Christchurch had one of New Zealand's most famous and often-visited gardens. Soldier, politician, Cabinet minister, philanthropist, stamp collector, cattle breeder and horticulturalist, he filled a long life with an extraordinary diversity of interests. Few men have achieved such high public esteem in New Zealand, or been loaded with so many honours. This revised edition of the successful 2001 publication brings to life one of New Zealand's most admired public figures.
Dr Geoffrey Rice is Professor and Head of the School of History, University of Canterbury. His previous books include Black November: The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in New Zealand (1988, revised 2005), Christchurch Changing: An illustrated history (1999) and Lyttelton Port and Town (2004), all published by Canterbury University Press.