History

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 Bridman, 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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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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