Arawata Bill: The Story of Legendary Gold Prospector William James O'Leary

Author(s): Ian Dougherty

Country Stations & History

Arawata Bill (1865–1947) was a pioneering folk hero. He spent decades in the unforgiving mountain country of New Zealand’s South Island, prospecting for gold and other minerals and making new tracks in unexplored areas. His astonishing feats of endurance and tenacity, coupled with his charming eccentricity, have captured the imagination of generations, and Denis Glover immortalised him in his famous poem, ‘Arawata Bill’. Recently, a Californian Country Rock act have added his story to their ballads.


Product Information

Ian Dougherty is a Dunedin-based author and journalist.

General Fields

  • : 9781927147535
  • : Exisle Publishing (New Zealand)
  • : Exisle Publishing (New Zealand)
  • : February 2012
  • : 210mm X 148mm X 13mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : February 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 196
  • : 58, 5 figures, 2 maps
  • : Ian Dougherty
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd edition