History

Centenary for cenotaph

Oct 9th, 2018 | By
Gordonton Obelisk

  It is 100 years ago that Gordonton’s cenotaph was unveilled on a rainy day, 16 October 1918.  It was one of the first built in New Zealand to commemorate those from the local district who died in action and served in World War One. A reporter from the Waikato Times said the day would

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Riddell reunion all go

Sep 5th, 2018 | By
Woodlands Homestead

  Descendants of the Riddell family are having a reunion at Woodlands Estate this month. A highlight will be catching up, seeing and meeting all the relations connected to the family, known and unknown, says Jacquie Haselden, one of the organisers. The event will include placing a memorial plaque in the garden for Corporal John

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Heirloom exhibition at Woodlands for young and old

Jul 6th, 2018 | By
Heirloom gowns

  Step into history these school holidays for Stitch ‘n’ Time; a special exhibition of antique children’s and dolls dresses at Woodlands Estate. “We will open our doors on Tuesday July 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 so children of all ages can experience what it would have been like to grow up in the

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Tractor champions of the 30s

Jun 12th, 2018 | By
1930s tractor, puketaha

    Hard working men, hard working tractors.  Mike Taylor sent through these classic farming shots taken at Puketaha, 1938.  Although it’s possibly smoko time for James Thomas Parsell, right, and his helpful neighbour. “I wish I could say the whereabouts in Puketaha these photos were taken but I would only be guessing.  And just

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Old Lady Parfitt and other stories brought to life in new book

Jun 11th, 2018 | By

  A book telling the struggles and triumphs of Gordonton residents from 100 years ago is almost complete. The project, part of the celebration of the centenary of Oaks Church, is coming together very well, says coordinator Valerie Morgan. “Our history at Gordonton is actually very short. The contrasts between the lifestyles of those living

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Head-on crash on Gordonton Rd, occupants walk home for nice cup of tea

May 4th, 2018 | By

    IT WAS A dark and not terrible stormy night, but thick fog was blanketing Gordonton Rd when these two vehicles collided head-on back in the 1940s. Number 8 Network loves old photos, especially if they’re from around here.  So we’re launching a new series, The Old Photo Album,  where we will share some

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