Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka

Posts made in May, 2015

Someone to Buttonhole

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Russell Town Council 1956-9 Original photo © Russell Museum This photo shows the members of the Russell Town Council 1956-9 seated outside the entrance to the Russell Library. The room that the library now uses as a workroom was the Town Council room where meetings were held and the town clerk presided. Councillors in this photo are back row, left to right: Fred Gooder, Frank Dender, Merv Wallis, and in the front Huia (Birdie) King, Eric Gilmour and Ernie Tinkler town clerk. All resident in...

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The High Place

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Original photo © Russell Museum Leo White’s Singer car on Maiki hill in 1930. This photo shows Leo White’s little Singer car believed to have been the first car to drive up to the flagstaff on Maiki hill in 1930. Leo worked for the Auckland Weekly News as a photographer and after the war took up aerial photography founding Whites Aviation selling wonderful hand coloured aerial views including the Bay of Islands. Maiki means the high place and the hill continues to be a focus for our town...

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Summer by the Sea

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Original photo © Russell Museum Phyllis Boucher congratulates Charlie Baker Long hot summer days draw locals and visitors to the beach whether Kororareka Bay, Oneroa or Tapeka. Locals too enjoy a swim, particularly our children who learn to swim as naturally as they learn to walk. This photo shows two locals in 1936. Phyllis Boucher was the first person to swim Russell to Paihia in 1929 aged 18. Here she congratulates Charlie Baker aged 15, the first boy to swim from Russell to Paihia and...

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Summer Bounty

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Original photo © Russell Museum Percy Kydd with delicious bounty Here is Percy Kydd with the result of a summer dive in the Bay, a photo taken by Warkworth photographer Tudor Collins in the1950s. Percy was one of a family of 12 children whose parents were David Henry Kydd and his wife Bertha nee Hau. David’s mother Matilda had been the widow of George Cook, whaler, so David had Cook half brothers and cousins  who established the shore based whaling station at Whangamumu. In 1911 David and...

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Subdivision

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B&W photo postcard by Montagu. Russell no. R141. C. 1920s. From the earliest time the ‘S’ word has been part of Russell.  This old photo postcard shows a metalled track down to Long Beach.  Down below a bathing shed and long drop toilet stand on the foreshore.  In the distance is Wiggin’s small cottage (now replaced by a grandson’s contemporary bach.)  There is no road along the beach. Long Beach has a long history as a place to relax and enjoy sea, sun and sand. Possibly the first horse...

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