Author(s): Julia Bradshaw
"He was made of horseshoe nails and whipcord."
Davey Gunn lived 30 years in Fiordland's rugged Hollyford valley, where he had one of the most isolated cattle runs in New Zealand. When he moved there in 1926 he left behind his wife and children - and civilisation - for a tough and solitary life he grew to love. Although quiet and modest by nature, Davey became known throughout New Zealand as a back-country hero for his 20-hour journey on foot to raise the alarm after a fatal plane crash at Big Bay in 1936. His efforts saw the four survivors rescued, and the legend of Davey Gunn began. First published July 2007.
JULIA BRADSHAW has been researching and writing local history for 16 years. A summer job as a guide on the Hollyford Track in Fiordland ignited Julia's research interests, which include the social history of Fiordland, the West Coast, the South Island's goldfields and early Chinese immigrants to New Zealand. She lives on the West Coast, near Kokatahi, with her partner, Eddie Newman, who shares her passion for exploring New Zealand's remote places. Julia has written three other books: Miners in the Clouds: A hundred years of scheelite mining at Glenorchy (Lakes District Museum, 1997), The Far Downers: The people and history of Haast and Jackson Bay (Otago University Press, 2001), and Arrowtown History and Walks (Otago University Press, 2001). She has worked in museums for the past 12 years and is currently employed by Shantytown, Greymouth, researching stories for the town's planned redevelopment.