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The Rawsons and the outbreak of World War One
WW1 – The outbreak, 1914, including at sea with Capt von Muller and SMS Emden In 2011 I wrote1 of the terror and dilemma faced by Taranaki citizens at...Read more about "The Rawsons and the outbreak of World War One"...
Ben Crisp and the Band of Hope
Ben Crisp was a reformed drunkard who took an abstinence pledge in 1843, inspired by the sermons of teetotaller and Temperance Society leader Alfred Saunders. He was born in London, England, probably on...Read more about "Ben Crisp and the Band of Hope"...
Searching for Metapere
It is now more than 15 years since Kate Mitchell published an account of the search for a Māori tupuna in the family, who turned out to be...Read more about "Searching for Metapere"...
Pre-dam schemes The Maitai River was first considered for water supply in the 1930s. At this time the Brook Scheme[sitetree_link,id=549] (commissioned in 1867) was unable to meet demand. Rather than proceed...Read more about "Maitai Dam"...
Plane crash at Tākaka
Max Heath survived World War II as a fighter pilot, came home to Tākaka and not long after, was killed in a plane crash.1 The 25-year-old warrant officer from...Read more about "Plane crash at Tākaka"...
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