Bill for Feilding
Bill Carter has researched his family history for some 60 years, always finding some new twist of fate or fact, as his first interest in the blending of his ancestral origins moved into formal genealogy and then back again to social history. Maori, Scots, Irish, English, French and American have all come together in what is not trite to regard as a rich tapestry of life.
Bill’s working career has been as a journalist and administrator in various parts of New Zealand farming, most of it in the wool industry, which caused him to travel extensively, but also gave opportunity for research. Together with John Macgibbon, Bill co-authored the definitive history of New Zealand wool. Close to his heart, however, has been his research into the migrations of Ngati Mutunga and the people of the Chatham islands where as a retirement project some 18 years ago he acquired a hectare of land from a family member and built a small but versatile house surrounded by native trees and bushes.
Bill’s wife Kay is also a keen family historian and together they have written and produced a number of family histories, always with the intention of putting flesh on the bones of genealogy.