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YVONNE O’HARA
yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

More than 80 attended Louise Joyce’s book launch at Central Stories Museum on November 29.
She spent the past four years researching and writing “Take Me to the Nevis,” which is a history of the area.
Many of the people who attended the launch had family who had lived and worked in the Nevis.
Poet Brian Turner read one of his poems and Joan Botting also read a poem by her father Tod Symons from his book “I Know A Place”, during the event.
Nevis history enthusiast Graeme Stewart also attended the launch, along with Lex McLean, whose mother
Gavine McLean (nee Campbell) had kept a diary about life in the area and which initially inspired Ms Joyce to write the book.
He and Mr Stewart both had an extensive knowledge of the area, and they, as well as many of the descendants of families who lived in the Nevis, provided resources and information.
A second book launch was held at the Cromwell Museum on December 6.

Fond memories … Enjoying the launch of Louise Joyce’s book ‘Take Me to the Nevis’ at Central Stories Museum last Friday are (from left) Lesley McMillan, of Bannockburn, and Hazel Elder, of Alexandra. Mrs Elder said she knew Gavine McLean and said she would always have the kettle on when she dropped by. PHOTO: YVONNE O’HARA

Christmas sorted … Nevis history enthusiast Graeme Stewart (left), of Bannockburn, discusses Louise Joyce’s new book ‘Take Me to the Nevis’, with Nokomai Station owners Ann and Brian Hore during the book launch at Central Stories Museum last Friday. The station borders the Nevis and the couple bought 10 copies of the book. PHOTO: YVONNE O’HARA

Family history … Janet and Russell Jones (left) of Millbrook, and Ann and Ken Adie, of the Nevis, were keen to see Louise Joyce’s new book ‘Take Me to the Nevis’ as their family members had been mentioned. The book was launched at Central Stories Museum last Friday. PHOTO: YVONNE O’HARA


Spirit of Central … Joan Botting reads out a poem written by her father Tod Symons from his book “I Know A Place”, during the launch of Louise Joyce’s new book ‘Take Me To The Nevis’ at the Central Stories Museum
last Friday. PHOTO: YVONNE O’HARA