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Thursday, 25 October 2018
New Zealand Walking Legend
BOOKS AND BOOTS -THE STORY OF NEW ZEALAND PUBLISHER, WRITER AND LONG DISTANCE WALKER ALFRED HAMISH REED BY IAN DOUGHERTY, OTAGO UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2005. HARDCOVER, 252 PAGES. ORDER THROUGH WWW.OTAGO.AC.NZ/ PRESS/ORDERS/ORDERFORM. HTML FOR $49.95 + $5.
‘The leader of a one-man tramping club’ was how Alf Reed, better known as A H Reed, once described himself. Early in the twentieth century, Reed established what became the publishing powerhouse known as AH & AW Reed in Dunedin, and by the 1950s, the company, headed by Reed’s capable nephew Wyclif (known as Clif), was the most important book publisher in the country. Reed helped New Zealanders appreciate their history and country, and was a prolific author himself.
Born in England, Reed came to New Zealand in 1887, aged 11, when his family immigrated during the hard depression of that decade. They found things little easier here, with gum digging occupying their lives for several years. But young Alf planned a better life, firstly by teaching himself short-hand, then by joining an Auckland typewriter firm. After he took the franchise to Dunedin, and began printing religious texts, the company A H Reed was established.