Les Parsons (1937-2103) grew up in Macandrew Bay at a time when everyone knew everyone else in the community. As a youth he spent time walking the streets, delivering milk to each household. On his retirement in Dunedin, with time to reflect on the early days, he decided to compile a directory of the Macandrew Bay area during the period of the 1850s to the 1960s. He painstakingly worked through electoral rolls and other archival records at the Hocken Library to produce what is now a unique and very useful historical record of “who lived where”. His descriptions of the businesses and residents in the Bay are also timely, as memories of that era are fading and disappearing.