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Journeys in historyOur friendly historian Perry Rice delves in to the Hamilton Central Libraries photo files to bring you cracking stories from Waikato's past. Check them out here.
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They were big and robust, but slow, with limited manoeuvrability. Nevertheless, they revolutionised agriculture. Perry Rice muses about traction engines. Traction engines were a part of everyday life for many folk, town and country, for less than a hundred years. … Continue reading
We don’t see regattas as we used to. As a lad I used to go to the local railway station near Dunedin, most conveniently located right alongside the harbour, and watch the yachting regatta. From the vantage point thoughtfully laid … Continue reading
A grand day in the history of Hamilton – the first tanker delivery of petrol in the town. But I wonder, now that we know the effects of motor cars and the ever increasing demand for roads and car parks, … Continue reading
With the planned visit this year by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, people over a certain age will be remembering the Queen’s visit to New Zealand in 1953. Strangely in a … Continue reading
What a very pleasant picture this is. Almost idyllic, almost nostalgic biscuit tin quality – well, I think it is – but certainly not chocolate box aesthetics. In sepia tone this would be a great window on the past. This … Continue reading