The Book

Fire on the Hill, Flowers in the Valley. History of The Basin”.

The book consists of 18 chapters and approx 420 pages. It contains an extensive index intended for a printed version.

Click here to download the book (as at 16/08/2020) in PDF format. Second draft. More information on early settlers and estates including Ferndale. Grammatical errors fixed.
Click here to download the book (as at 16/05/2020) in PDF format. First draft.

If you open a printed book you see left and right pages side by side. The PDF file is configured to display in this format. Dependent on what you view the PDF file with, you may not see facing pages. However, most viewers can be configured to show facing pages. Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) works best. Chapters are also hyperlinked in the PDF file.

These are drafts and there are many errors which I am working on fixing. As at May 2020, social restrictions prevent me from continued research on some issues. Feedback would be appreciated on any historical or grammatical errors. If you have any historical information not presented in the book, please let me know and I will add it to the book.

Some Chapters have a “More Information Required” section at the end. Information on any of these questions would be appreciated.

I will eventually produce a printed version of the book. All book sales will be through a local organisation who will retain the profits.

My email address is shown on the home page at

Last Updated August 2020