The Macky clan sailed from Scotland before New Zealand had electricity or proper sewers.
In a frontier settlement both raw and refined, Joe tailored a clientele ranging from
brawlers to barristers in garments to service them through life's landmarks,
from seduction to deposition, baptism to wake.
With a glance of his eye, Joe could discern the measure of a man without a tape,
and his humour earned him the nickname so enduring, few remember how he was
called before 'Black'.