Author(s): Ruth Entwistle Low
Since the European settlement of New Zealand, drovers have moved stock 'on the hoof' from ships and stations to new homes scattered throughout the country. In this book - the first of its kind - Ruth Entwistle Low interviews almost 60 old-time drovers, revealing and reliving the practice of droving and the people who have underpinned it.
Through original research, colourful storytelling and the voices of the drovers themselves, Ruth describes what the job entailed - where and how they travelled, the problems they faced, the ups and downs of the lifestyle.
Ranging all over rural New Zealand, from our colonial past to the droving industry's 'twilight' years, Ruth documents both the day-to-day and the dramatic in a gripping narrative that will appeal to a wide body of readers.
On the Hoof is a truly special book - a heartland history of New Zealand that seeks not simply to explain the drover and the droving way of life, but to honour them also.
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Ruth Entwistle Low has always been curious about other people's stories. Following the completion of her Master's in History from Massey University, Ruth channelled this curiosity into recording life histories; researching and conducting oral history projects funded by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and South Canterbury Museum. She now operates an oral history business, Your History, in partnership with fellow Timaruvian Linda Hepburn. On the Hoof is the result of both primary research and a substantial body of oral history interviews conducted right throughout the country. Ruth lives in Timaru with her husband, Mark, two teenage daughters, Charlotte and Kate, and their golden retriever, Nelson.