For the love of Hayters

By Bruce Alexander

A scintillating saga of survival on the high seas and in the New Zealand high country. While in the Royal Navy, Francis Hayter sailed with Lord Elgin in China during the opium wars, circumnavigated the world with the famous first Flying Squadron, and accompanied Captain John Moresby on HMS Basilisk cruising the Pacific and charting the New Guinea coastline, before becoming a colonial sheep farmer.  Tragically when he died, he left his young widow Eugenie with 8 children under the age of 11 to bring up on her own while running Rollesby, a 25,000 acre sheep station.


Four generations on, their oldest descendant played his own part in shaping the Christchurch we know today. Bruce Alexander recounts his own full and fortunate life.


Last edits are being made now for publishing in early 2022. Please pre-order today, to ensure your copy in this limited-edition print run.  Cost: $30 for pickup in Christchurch.  Delivery also available (we will advise the cost including freight in due course).

Bruce Alexander

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One hundred fathoms square

One Hundred Fathoms Square
A limited number of copies of Bruce’s book covering his time surveying in Tonga is also available. $30 each.