History

Artist’s wall of fame remembered

Feb 2nd, 2018 | By

  FROM THE VAULTS:  Gordonton artist Chris Smith painted his eye-catching, colourful Wall of Fame depicting life and the locals of Gordonton in 1999.  It created much comment and appreciation for at least 10 years, but was painted over when new tenants moved into the building.  Annette Taylor talked with him in 2014.   IT

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Scandal and rivalry in libraries of old

Jan 24th, 2018 | By
Hamilton's first library

  Inspired by Perry Rice’s N8N article on the origins of Hamilton’s libraries, local historian Alan Sharp looks into the earliest days of libraries around the region. He uncovers a history that includes local rivalries, bureaucratic bungling, a fire, and more than a touch of scandal. WHILE ON HOLIDAY I received a request for information

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Being cool in the 30s

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
MG 1938

Mike Taylor has responded to N8N’s call for local historic photos and come up with this great pic of two lads out and about in Gordonton.  Love the metal road! THIS PHOTOGRAPH was taken on Whitikahu Road, near Gordonton, in 1938. My father Alan, left, in his MG and his older brother Mac in the

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Woodlands Pioneer Day a blast

Jul 24th, 2017 | By
Woodlands Pioneer Fundays

Woodlands first-ever Pioneer Fundays was a real blast from the past in the present. There were donkey rides, vintage vehicles to admire, old style games to play and gnomes to find on the garden trail. It’s estimated around 2000 people attended the days, from Tuesday to thursday.  Looking forward to the next one already!  

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Input needed on Gordonton’s history

Apr 24th, 2017 | By

Gordonton’s history was well and truly on the agenda at last month’s Gordonton District Committee meeting and a call has been made for input from everyone in the community. “We identified that we need to preserve our history in a pro-active manner, and use this to bring our community together, and keep our identity,” said

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‘Things from a long long past’

Feb 15th, 2017 | By
Gordonton school reunion

“I grew up in Gordonton on the family farm so was loosely aware that there was a clan of Riddells who did the same. As a young boy, I was taught in the primers by Peggy Riddell in one of those small ubiquitous prefabs of the time. It’s no longer extant. And this is where

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