History

Memories of Komakorau School

Sep 16th, 2019 | By
Phot of Alan and Ruth Manning

  Seventy or more years ago, Alan Manning, got into a spot of bother at Komakorau School.  He told the tale to Home Range magazine.  Along with two other boys, Alan decided to brighten up the girls’ drinking fountain. “We filled the bowl with dirt and planted some daisies. Our teacher, Mr Broadbent, was very

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Waikato Times in the 1930s

Aug 1st, 2019 | By
Historic photo of Waikato Times

  ANOTHER good thing from the past – this from Alan Manning, a founding member of the Waikato Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club.   Alan’s grandfather Arthur worked at the Waikato Times as a printing machinist from the early 1900s.  He returned to his job after serving in the first World War, and stayed until

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Footy champs of 1912

Jul 30th, 2019 | By
Photo of Gordonton Rugby Club 1912

WHAT a grand looking team.  The photo, supplied by Hamilton City Libraries Perry Rice, ran recently in the latest copy of Home Range magazine. The year, says Perry, is 1912 and the occasion is the senior team winning the Hamilton Rugby Union Championship.  This team reigned supreme in 1912. Its record for the season was

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Fun days at Woodlands

Apr 23rd, 2019 | By
Woodlands fundays

Number 8 Network shares some photo highlights from the Pioneer Fundays held at Woodlands Estate last week.  The free family fun, during the school holidays, are an extravaganza of 19th Century delights and goings-on – featuring pony rides, vintage machinery, old fashioned games, and skills including butter churning.  It was a fabulous three days, thank

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From Gordonton to Oxford and back

Nov 11th, 2018 | By
Pare Hopa

The first Maori woman to gain a PhD – from Oxford, no less – began her educational journey at Gordonton School 78 years ago. Dr Ngapare Hopa still lives in her parent’s house, in the middle of Gordonton village.  She featured recently in Home Range magazine. She has headed Auckland University’s Maori Studies Department, worked

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Working hard in 1909

Nov 5th, 2018 | By
Bullocks

  Albert Chapman subdividing the land along Piako Rd, 1909.  This photo, from Gordonton’s John Bridgman, is the second in a sequence taken by roaming photographer SC Smith. In the background are the original Bridgman farmouse and stables.  Hamilton City Libraries librarian Perry Rice said the heritage section has many other SC Smith photos in

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