I were on a ship called the Oriental. Bugger of a

 thing, she were, shocking rough below decks.

 Anyway, there were a young miss on the boat with

the same name as yours. Beautiful girl, she were.

“Thought you might know her.”

That's all.” He looks around at the three men.

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Kia ora and Welcome

This website is for you, the reader. It’s a place where you can explore Lewisville, behind-the-scenes.

Lewisville is a novel, but most of the people and many of the events are based on real life. You’ll be introduced to those people and places, see images of them and read original documents about them.



Alexandra Tidswell

Contact Alexandra

Alexandra Tidswell has an LLB and a BA
in Māori from Otago University, and is a former diplomat. Alexandra has always been interested in the stories of early
New Zealand and how they’ve shaped
our culture. She is a partner in Kia Māia Bicultural Communications, which produces bicultural interactive training
and resources.

Alexandra lives in Nelson with her husband and two children. This is her first novel.



New Zealand

Lewisville’s cover image was created by Auckland artist Penny Howard. The red thread often seen in Penny’s work represents the Māori world view of carrying the past with us into the future, and remaining connected to our tipuna. It symbolises both a blood line, and a story thread. www.whitespace.co.nz/artists/penny-howard


Alexandra Tidswell