This A.4 size booklet was produced in 2019 to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the arrival of the first Byrne settlers. Assisted by a former school colleague, the late Ray Elliott, who produced the photographs, layout and illustrations, the purpose of the endeavour was to showcase the feelings, context and observations of those involved through the records of the newspapers of those times.
By revisiting the experiences of those intrepid settlers who for the most part were misled into thinking they were immigrating to a land of milk and honey, one empathises with them in confronting the totally wild and undeveloped state that was Natal in 1850.
From that perspective, one gains an appreciation for their initiative, endeavour and enterprise. As such, one derives an insight as to their role in bequeathing what subsequent generations inherited.