Arawata Bill (1865-1947) was a pioneering New Zealand folk hero. He spent decades in the unforgiving mountain country of North-west Otago and South Westland, 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 of New Zealanders, and Denis Glover immortalised him in his famous poem, 'Arawata Bill'. This new edition of Ian Dougherty's landmark biography includes information about O'Leary's life that has only recently come to light.
"If you like the mystery of hidden gold and stories of a pioneering hero, set amidst the awe-inspiring grandeur of South Westland, you'll like this book. The cost won't damage your pocket too much and it'll do your heart good." - New Zealand Wilderness
Ian Dougherty is a Dunedin-based author and journalist. His previous books for Exisle are Heart of Gold, on contemporary Otago, and Southern Sting, on the champion netball team