Posts Tagged ‘ History of Gordonton ’

Old Lady Parfitt and other stories brought to life in new book

Jun 11th, 2018 | By

  A book telling the struggles and triumphs of Gordonton residents from 100 years ago is almost complete. The project, part of the celebration of the centenary of Oaks Church, is coming together very well, says coordinator Valerie Morgan. “Our history at Gordonton is actually very short. The contrasts between the lifestyles of those living

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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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Harvesting the turnips 88 years ago

Jul 6th, 2015 | By

“A splendid crop of turnips grown on peat land at Mr A W Chapman’s farm on Piako Rd, Gordonton.” This splendid photograph was taken by F G Watson, and featured in the New Zealand Herald on April 12 1927 under the heading Productivity of the Peat Lands of the Waikato. Thanks to Kate Monahan Riddell

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Of oak trees, bullocks and Brylcreem

May 22nd, 2014 | By

John Bridgman has worn many hats over the last six decades. Dairy farmer, contractor, committee member, spud grower extraordinaire – he talks with Annette Taylor about a life well lived in Gordonton. “They’ve shortened the days, haven’t they?” John replies to my question asking if there’s anything he misses from the old days. “We worked

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Gordonton – the opera

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

One from the vaults – Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor spent a day talking to folk in and around Gordonton for a special feature in the Waikato Times. Photographer Donna Walsh accompanied her and the piece ran in August 2009. Here it is again, with some extra comments as well.   SECONDS AFTER Donna Walsh

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