Steve and Ainsley Apirana
Ainsley Apirana


These words are a poem I found amongst some old letters my mother kept in a small wooden box. They belonged to my great/great/grandmother – Caroline Montague Scott Douglas – who, back in 1858, came from Scotland to Dunedin with six of her seven children to start a new life. I’m uncertain of the origins of the poem but it would appear to be written for her by her husband back in the early 1830’s when they were courting. Archibald Douglas died only months before the family’s intrepid journey to the other side of the world. I couldn’t resist turning this poem into a song in the old traditional folk style.

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