Author(s): Iain, John, Angus Gillies
"Rather than a history of Cook County as an institution, this fine book looks at the people who pioneered and contributed to the progress and development of the region. The local authority took its name from Captain James Cook who made his first NZ landfall there. The first of the dozens of profiles relates to 1831 when the first European traders arrived. From there many, from all walks of life and occupations, who figured in some activity important to the region, are profiled, as are notable occasions or events. When first established in 1876 Cook County covered a huge area extending from south of Gisborne to Cape Runaway and East Cape in the north. In 1919 the county area was reduced to that immediately surrounding Gisborne. In 1989 the county became part of the new Gisborne District Council, which largely covered the same area as the original 1876 county. A unique way of recognising the efforts of those who contributed to the community and written by the long-time editor of the Gisborne Herald and two sons. 234 pages, b/w illustrations, mainly photos, throughout, e/paper maps, other map. Blue hardcover with gilt front titles."
Very good copy - first edition