Hailybury Author:S. John Mason I do not pretend to write a "history". This is a story of fantasy, romance, luck and Tragedy. Early settlement developed from economic or political necessity, but not so Haileybury. Five miles to the North is New Liskeard, serving an extensive agricultural area: five miles to the south is Cobalt, the famed silver camp, so why Hailybury midway be... more »tween?
Yet Hailbury was the first settlement - it was one man's dream - his own project - it came into being because he willed it - he evisaged Hailbury as the Metropolis of the North. Tjhat it did become a prosperous town and centre of mining business for over a decade was due to lady luck, not the foresight that had prompted its inception.« less