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Recent books

Murder on the Otago Goldfields by Ashley Blair (December 2015)

The 1865 stabbing of Richard Atkinson at Waipori.

This book includes romance, tragedy, goldfield violence, the mysterious Professor Griffin, courtroom drama and a gallant mounted constable.  Although it may seem like fiction, it is all true.

When John Jones made an unprovoked attack on Richard Atkinson at the Hibernian Accommodation House, Waipori in December 1865, it started a chain of events that touched many people.  Murder on the Otago Goldfields: The 1865 Stabbing of Richard Atkinson at Waipori is the first detailed account of Waipori in the 1860s and brings the mining town, the turbulent life of the goldfields and a little known-event in Otago colonial history back to life.

Ashley Blair is a retired school principal and descendant of Richard Atkinson.
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