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Blenheim mayor and ideas man In around 1950, the Harling family, Sid, Mary Grace and their daughter Wendy, settled in Blenheim, having migrated from Canada. New Zealand was not...Read more about "Sid Harling"...
The Brothers Islands and Lighthouse
Off the north end of Arapawa Island in Cook Strait lie a group of islets known as The Brothers. In Maori tradition, these are Ngawhatu Kai-ponu: ‘the eyeballs...Read more about "The Brothers Islands and Lighthouse"...
Wreck of the Penguin
The worst shipwreck in New Zealand during the 20th century happened in Cook Strait to the regular passenger ship taking people from Picton to Wellington. Penguin passing through...Read more about "Wreck of the 'Penguin'"...
Wreck of the City of Newcastle
City of Newcastle was a three-masted barque, 133 feet long and, at the time of her wreck, 39 years old. A frequent traveller between New South Wales and...Read more about "Wreck of the City of Newcastle"...
Telegraph Made World of Difference
The South and North Islands were connected by an under-sea telegraph cable across Cook Strait in 1866. Ten years later, the telegraph connection between London and Wakapuaka, Nelson, spanned...Read more about "Telegraph Made World of Difference"...