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It is believed that Wakefield (originally known as Pitfure)1 was named after the Yorkshire birthplace of an early settler, William Hough; however it is also widely accepted that the...Read more about "Early Wakefield"...
Mist settles down on the vast field, early in the morning. It surrounds the buildings that are the focus of the site. Concrete steps rise up to classrooms...Read more about "Appleby School"...
George Lawrence and the elephants of Wakefield The Waimea South Historical Society was recently gifted two intriguing photographs, of elephants bathing in the Wai-iti River and penned beside the...Read more about "George Lawrence"...
Settlement in Stoke
Stoke was once a swampy area with numerous small streams. When Maori arrived in this area, it was a wetland with numerous streams draining water from the hills...Read more about "Settlement in Stoke"...
Fiery, ambitious Scotsman was ‘King of the Beaver’ Born in Caithness, in the north of Scotland,1 James Sinclair was described as a clear-headed, strong-minded Scotsman, who, by his dominating...Read more about "James Sinclair"...
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