Posts made in May, 2015

Russell Wharf

Posted on May 10, 2015 in Heritage | 0 comments

Russell Wharf

Clansman at Russell Wharf c1890 Original photo © Russell Museum Today, as in the past, most visitors approach Russell from the sea. Russell wharf is our front door. Old photos from the 1860s show two jetties, north of the present wharf, with tramlines into waterfront stores. A larger “government” wharf was built on the present site in 1879 and soon lengthened for larger vessels. Most supplies to the town came over it by coastal steamer. The wharf was rebuilt in 1927 with a large storage shed. Petrol bowsers, new jetties, and sheds for the local fisheries inspector and swordfish club were...

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Russell’s first Birdman

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Russell’s first Birdman

First aerial mail run to Russell Original photo © Russell Museum The Russell birdman contest brought excitement and colour to our cold grey winter days  In 1920 another birdman brought intense excitement and wonder to Russell. Pilot George Bolt brought a seaplane to the Far North carrying not only the local Member of Parliament but also the first aerial mail. The plane left Auckland at 8.30 am on Friday 9 April 1920 planning to drop mail at various places. It reached   Russell at 11.30am. The travelling speed was 60-70 miles an hour, and weather permitting the seaplane planned to return to...

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Cosmopolitan Russell

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Cosmopolitan Russell

Russell School Pupils c1890s Original photo © Russell Museum It’s the start of a new school year. This photo shows 58 Russell School pupils gathered outside their new one roomed school built in 1892. Names include Stephenson, Baker, Williams, Woods, Flowerday, Deery, Saunders, Poole and Webb. Some of their descendants are still in town today. The headmaster Mr Higginson (1892-6) is on the right. On the left is his assistant teacher Miss Honor Matthews. Honor met an American whaling captain, James Earle of the Charles W Morgan, at Russell. After some correspondence she took a steamer to...

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Re-enactment

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Re-enactment

Re-enactment of Hobson landing at Kororareka Original photo © Russell Museum Captain William Hobson anchored off Kororareka (Russell) midday on 29 January 1840. He issued an invitation to citizens of the Bay to meet him at Kororareka church in the afternoon of the following day. Going ashore on 30 January he was met by the British resident James Busby and the local missionaries, plus about 300 Pakeha and 100 Maori. Hobson read his proclamations which extended the boundaries of New South Wales to include New Zealand and his commission as Lieutenant Governor. It also sought to regulate land...

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Politics

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Politics

Visit of William Massey Original photo © Russell Museum This photo shows a politician’s visit in 1922. The Russell wharf is decorated with flags and a welcoming fern arch. The local men dressed in their best suits and hats and a few small boys form a guard of honour. There is no sign of any women or girls. Perhaps they were preparing the banquet for their illustrious guest Premier William Ferguson Massey, Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1912 to 1925. Mr Massey had been North before in 1914 when he opened the Kaikohe railhead. With unsealed roads and no road access to Russell, travel...

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