Inspired by Northland’s Portland cement works industrial railway and the self-built buses of Auckland’s Passenger Transport Company, Sean Millar’s love of transport began as a pre-schooler in the early 1950s, and never let up. In 1978, he began a small part-time business importing British and American bus and railway books. A year or so later, he started publishing NZ bus books.
Sean left the book business in 1987, but returned in 2000 with the well-received first edition of ‘The New Zealand Railway, Tramway & Bus Bibliography’.
Since then, he has produced a steady stream of titles about New Zealand’s railways and buses, of which around 25 are currently in print. Now retired, Sean enjoys the freedom of being able to focus on topics that are generally too specialised to be viable for commercial publication.
Friends and associates provide invaluable assistance, including with research and the sourcing of photographs. Sean’s wife Adrienne, herself a published author, actively assists with editing, research and keeping the accounts. Recently, she has also contributed a number of general and family histories to our list.