The Natural History of Southern New Zealand
The Natural History of Southern New Zealand grew from an idea initiated by John Darby on how best to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Otago Settlement. He and editors Ewan Fordyce, Alan Mark, Keith Probert, and Colin Townsend marshalled an impressive list of 53 scholarly contributors to produce the text and the Otago Museum provided a grant to assist with the project. For any publisher, this type of publication would be a logistical nightmare - setting realistic deadlines, planning photograph and diagram insertions, and editing and shaping the text into an accessible narrative. However, the Press took it on, publishing the book in association with the Museum, and after a long gestation it appeared to rave reviews. As Fordyce, one of the editors remarked: 'It's a volume that the University can be proud of.'
The Natural History of Southern New Zealand. Edited by John Darby [and four others] (2003).