The former proprietor of the New Zealand Herald, Michael Horton, collaborated with Professor Russell Stone, emeritus professor of history at the University of Auckland, to tell the full story of Sir John Logan Campbell, in Sir John's own words. Horton spent two years transcribing Campbell's letters and journals from their various states of legibility and repair. Campbell was one of the first European settlers to arrive in Auckland, was known as the "Father of Auckland" and gifted Cornwall Park to the people of New Zealand in 1901. Reminiscences of a Long Life: John Logan Campbell, is the story from the day Sir John arrived in Auckland in a waka, to the day of his death in 1912. The book has been published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth and contains more than 300 paintings, engravings and photographs following Sir John's life from his childhood in Scotland, his trips in Australia, Aotearoa and Europe, and his final return to Auckland.