Founder chronicled


Queenstown mayor Jim Boult’s pictured with a new book documenting the life and legacy of
Queenstown’s founder, William Gilbert Rees, written by his great granddaughter.

Rosemary Grace Marryatt, 81, says the project started out as a booklet for her children and grandchildren, but she and her husband soon saw its wider appeal.

The former biologist and science teacher, who lives in Waikanae, says it’s a ‘‘great relief’’ to have the self-published 192-page book, A sheep in my eye, finished.

‘‘[Rees] really should be remembered for not just the Queenstown situation … but for what he did afterwards and always, wherever he went, he became very involved in the  community,’’ she says.







The book’s available to buy from Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum, or to loan at any Queenstown-Lakes’ public libraries