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Posts made in March, 2015

The History of Whaling – A talk by Lindsay Alexander

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Exhibitions |

Local author and researcher Lindsay Alexander presents a talk which draws on his research into the history of whaling in the Bay of Islands and the South Pacific. This is also your chance to hear about his upcoming book and to view or purchase the two he has already published: “Whaleship Arrivals at the Bay of Islands New Zealand 1841-1894” and “Whaleship Arrivals at Mangonui, Whangaroa, Auckland and other Northern New Zealand Ports”....

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Fullers Launch Office 1965

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Heritage | 0 comments

Russell Lights – Vol 7 Issue 21 – Oct 2004 This view of the Strand and Cass Street’s northern corner shows the modest office of A.E. Fuller and Sons Ltd beside the Marlin Tearooms (originally Ernest Ford’s and later Baker Bros shops), the Duke of Marlborough Hotel and the Police Station. Alfred Ernest Fuller and his wife Maud Amy (nee Baker) began a small maritime cartage business, later expanding to excursion and gamefishing launches and car ferries. By 1965 under sons, Norman and Neville, there were offices at Russell and Paihia to cope with the increasing number of tourists wanting to explore the Bay. In the offices a network of phones and radio phones kept in touch with launches and road, rail and air depots. A party could charter a game fishing launch for about £12 a day – which included fishing gear and food. The Lady Doreen advertised Cruise as you fish and fish as you cruise the beautiful northland coast. Or they might take a boat trip calling at Otehei Bay or Deep Water Cove for lunch. Cape Brett trip $4 and Cream Trip $5 in 1967. Before a road link to Rawhiti, Fullers ran a weekly pension service to Russell picking up from Hauai, Rawhiti and Parekura in the morning and returning in the afternoon, for six shillings. Passengers would visit the post office, then the store for supplies and spend some time at the “Duke”. Locals wanting to go “overseas” to Paihia could buy a 12-trip concession card for $1.75 in...

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Early Tapeka

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Russell Lights – Vol 7 Issue 19 – Sept 2004 This frail and damaged photo shows Tapeka in the early 1900s, when the land was farmed. To the right are the Norfolk Island pines planted by Samuel Stephenson in the 1830s, which still survive on the reserve. Near the trees stands the small shingled roof cottage owned by Samuel Stephenson with a wing each side to cope with a growing family and a lean to at the back. It later became Mrs Woolley’s Girls School in the 1860s and later still the home of the Wood family before being demolished about 1908. On the left is the “new house” where Mrs Wardell, known to many older Russellites, lived in the 1940s. The flat areas show extensive vegetable gardens. For years there was only a bridle track over from Russell, road access being put in by the army during World War Two. The modern subdivision dates from 1967 when a colourful brochure offers 98 sections for sale on deposit of 10% and balance spread over 5 years. Prices ranged from £1,300 to...

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