Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 21, June 1977

The year opened with floods in January causing slips at Mackaytown and carrying away the Crown Mine's water race. Cinnabar was located at Mackaytown in February. The claim was called the Ascot.

In March a big meeting was held by residents to discuss whether Karangahake should become a borough.

Wages were around 9 shillings a day for miners. Prices were going up and people complained. Timber was said to be a "prohibitive" price and a gun cost £2/2/-. There was trouble with boys swearing at and insulting passers-by and others going around at night throwing stones at houses. Drink was a problem with some miners, particularly to their wives.

In November Thomas Liddell sued the Talisman Consolidated Coy. for forfeiture of the Imperial Claim. They did not lose the claim but were fined £50 and costs £5/17/- for failure to comply with regulations.


The new railway bridge over the Ohinemuri River was being used by pedestrians at this time. There was no footway. Mr. R. S. Farrelly fell through into the river and had to swim out. In Mid-November Karangahake held its cycling sports on the Mackaytown Domain. In June Karangahake along with other towns celebrated the end of the Boer War.

In a ferry accident at Puke in May, Mr. White, of Karangahake, lost 6 bullocks but he was rescued by a following dinghy.

Sir Joseph Ward, Acting Premier, visited the town in October.