Here is a booklet—in PDF format—first written and published in 1913 by Robert Laidlaw, a successful businessman in New Zealand. Laidlaw founded Farmers department stores, which are still prominent today. He wrote The Reason Why to explain his Christian faith to his employees.

But what started out as a print run of 5,000 booklets soon went viral, with some 50 millions printed over the following decades. In fact, revised versions of The Reason Why became one of the most used evangelistic tools of the 20th century, leading many Allied soldiers to faith during both world wars. It is still available today—see

The world renowned evangelist Billy Graham called Robert Laidlaw "one of the world's great Christian laymen..."



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 Robert A. Laidlaw

          Author: - Ian Hunter 
          ISBN-10: 1927181003
          ISBN-13: 978-1927181003

This book is a biography of Robert Laidlaw, the founder of Farmers department store, and author of The Reason Why booklet, who was a contemporary of great US Christian business-men such as earth moving magnate Robert Le Tourneau and Henry Heinz, the founder of The Heinz Company. In 1909, Laidlaw started what became the fastest-growing company in New Zealand history and the country's biggest department store chain. Using innovative management and marketing techniques, Laidlaw not only built a successful company but demonstrated how the Christian faith could be lived out in the marketplace. The biography reveals Laidlaw's reflections on profit, service, innovation, marketing, and the responsibilities of business. Man For Our Time is available from Castle Publishing as well as Amazon, Book Depository and other online stores.

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 Historical Family
1. Ancient Beginnings
2. English Family
3. Parliamentary
4. Coming to N.Z.
 Persons of Renown
Sir John & Sir William Chamberlayne
Sir Roger Chamberlayne
Sir Leonard Chamberlain
Sir Thomas Chamberlayne I
Sir Thomas Chamberlayne II
Major Thomas Chamberlain III
Edward Chamberlayne
Thomas Pardoe
John Chamberlain
Gen. Joshua Chamberlain
Col. Thomas Chamberlain IV
Henry Bowland
Joseph Chamberlain
Giles E. Chamberlain
Sir Austen Chamberlain
Neville Chamberlain
Gertrude (Burford) Rawlings
Isaac Sykes
Owen Chamberlain
Robert E. (Bob) Chamberlain
 Particular Places
County Down
Preston Capes
Woodford Halse
 Supplements, Historic, Biblical
Mail Box
The Reason Why?
Destiny's Lodestone
The Feud For Zion
What A Difference A Name Makes
 No Simple Passage
 Preston Capes
 Wilton Family
 Genealogy Software
No Simple Passage
The Journey of the "London" and her passengers from England to New Zealand in 1842. Thomas & Susannah Chamberlain, together with their four children sailed aboard the London on this voyage to Port Nicholson. The author is Jenny Robin Jones a descendant of one of the passengers. The book was published in 2011 by Random House ISBN 978 1 86979 510 8
Wiltons Galore

The Pioneer Story of Robert Wilton and Elizabeth Denman from Montacute, Somerset, England and continued through their children and grand-children in New Zealand. Mary Wilton married Arthur Joseph Chamberlain, and this is the story & record of her family.
This book was compiled by descendant Jo Wilton and published in 2007 by Colin Watson & Colin Liddell
ISBN 978 0 473 11318 6

Petticoat Pioneers
Petticoat Pioneers 

Stories of New Zealand's North Island women of the colonial pioneering era compiled and recorded for us by author Miriam Macgregor. Two of the women featured in this book are Susannah Catherine (Bull) Chamberlain and her daughter -in-law (Catherine McKenzie) Kitty Chamberlain.
This book was published in 1973 by A.H.& A.W. Reed, Wellington, New Zealand.
ISBN 0 589 00771 8

Paddy the Wanderer
Paddy the Wanderer 

The true story of an Airedale dog who captured the heart of the city of Wellington during the dark days of depression. Also captured here is Paddy's association with Blue Taxicab manager, Merlin Chamberlain. The author is Dianne Haworth, a dog-lover and editor of Animal's Voice, who lives and works in Auckland.
The book was published in 2007 by HarperCollins NZ.
ISBN 978 1 86950 625 4

On the Trail of
Parker & Walker

Parker-Walker Families

This 2015 self-published family history has been put together by Marjorie Prictor on the trail of Parker and the Walker families who came to New Zealand in the 1860s. Marjorie is a descendant still living in the Northland district of Port Albert where each of these families settled.

Douglas Family Reunion

A family history of the Douglas Family in Australia, compiled in 1981 for a family reunion by sisters Grace Douglas & Rosalie Vanstan of Bendigo, Victoria.
Downloadable as file-093 from the Supplements Page.