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When traction engines ruled the roads

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By

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. Yet, like steam railways, there is a great fascination and nostalgia for them. They were

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Where Hamilton’s libraries began

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By

Perry Rice records a special moment dear to the heart of all librarians and bibliophiles. In February 1908 a wonderful event took place in Hamilton. In the day, when there was no television, no movies in theatres (well, yes there were, but not in Hamilton), no Kindles, no book exchanges, no world wide web, no

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Church pic lays legend to rest

Jun 12th, 2013 | By

Hamilton Libraries Perry Rice finds there is new information to be had in old pictures. In some of the very earliest photographs of the south end of what is now Victoria Street but was, until about 1918, Tisdall Street, we see a very steep rise from the river to the early St Peters Church. That

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But wait – there’s more to tell

Nov 15th, 2012 | By

Hamilton Central Libraries’ Perry Rice has been digging in the drawers again and come up with a postscript to his recent article on the old Bisley building. New information is to hand. This happens from time to time when searching for a particular photo you’ve seen maybe five years ago – the image is clear

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Where Hamilton began

Aug 15th, 2012 | By

This is Hamilton in 1898. In the foreground, on the eastern bank of the Waikato River, is Isaac Coates’ flax mill. To the extreme right is an18-year-old Mr Spilman, who gave us some details on the photo in 1970. At the time he was 90 years of age –  born in 1880! He could recall

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Hamilton’s first ever petrol tanker delivers

May 21st, 2012 | By

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, and fossil fuel pollution, would we hail this as a red letter day? Probably not.

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