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A family tale ... Australian author Lynette Styles has written a book about three brothers one of whom settled in Knapdale in about 1873 and has many descendants living in the area. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The adventures of John Styles, who came to Knapdale in 1877, is one of the stories told in a new book about three brothers who left England to make new lives for themselves.

Three Brothers is written by Lynette Styles, a descendant of one of the brothers, William, who migrated to Australia.

John and James came to New Zealand.

Ms Styles, who is based in New South Wales, said John’s story would be of interest to people.

“People still live in Gore today that are descendants of the Styles brothers,” Ms Styles said.

John initially settled on Otago Peninsula and married Rachel Bentley in 1852, but when the land at Knapdale became available, he bought there and shifted south.

“They farmed there and then their sons farmed at Wendon Valley and other children took up farms at Waikaka and Waikoikoi,” Ms Styles said.

The brothers came from the Selsdon Park Estate, where the family had worked for generations.

“They worked on this estate for the last 300 years.

“They were agricultural labourers .. they worked for pennies.”

A hard worker, John did well for himself.

“He arrived on the Ajax in 1849 in Broad Bay with just in his pocket, so he made something of himself,” Ms Styles said.

John and Rachel are buried in the Gore cemetery.

A copy of the self-published book has been given to the Gore and Districts Library.

People can also request a copy by contacting Ms Styles through this email address: lynettestyles@gmail.com.