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Great Barrier Island. An aura of mystery seems to surround it. Vague ideas of tragedies and shipwrecks seem to predominate. Journalists have written of some odd characters here, and given it a Charles Dickens atmosphere. 

Novelists have chosen it as the setting of fictitious thrillers of early day bootlegging and moral lapses. Some imagine it to be a place apart, somewhat in the category of Pitcairn.

Our Island has been maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood. I have striven to introduce it faithfully to my readers in a brief, factual historic way, but its full story might easily fill volumes.

from Grace Medland’s book Great Barrier Calls (1969)