This book traces the settlement and development of Arthurton, Benio, Pukerau and Otaraia-Kaiwera.
Covering years 1856-1981, the author begins with the initial emigration to Australasia from the northern hemisphere, resulting from the disruption of the church in Scotland and the foundation of the Free Church Settlement in Otago, together with some early personalities of the whaling days. The development of pastoralism and the opening up of the country upon subdivision of the runs is described.
In 1877, the coming of the railway brought many families involved in construction to the Pukerau township. The author's historical account, where personal contacts played a vital role, covers commerce, dairy factory, brick and tile works, and local schools in the Pukerau district.