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Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 21, June 1977

ANNUAL REPORT - WAIHI HISTORICAL SOCIETY - 1977

I am pleased to report that Mr. McAra's book is now in the hands of the Publications Committee and they are very pleased with it.

Not only will it preserve the history of Mining here, but will be the framework for the town history that this Society has been working toward, for the past years.

The book in conjunction with the Miners Re-union, has brought a great deal of material to us and we now have the task of cataloguing all the photos and books etc., in an operative library. This will make reference easy and much more interesting.

Membership rose through the year and we now have 172 Single, 51 Family, and 10 Life Members. A total of 233, against 218 of last year. This is the end of my term as President, and I must say it has been a very great pleasure to me, to work with you all, and I thank you indeed, for your help since 1973. I will of course remain on the Committee as Librarian, and on the Publications Committee, with your approval.

As Mrs. Rosborough will also be giving up office this year, I would especially like to thank her on your behalf for the marvellous work she has done for us all.

I wish the incoming President and Committee good luck, and thank you again for your support.

M. ROYCROFT


PAEROA REPORT 1976 - 77

Membership: 295 plus 4 Life Members and 6 exchanges of Journal.

Annual Subs.: $2.00 and Family $3.00. Subs are now due.

Speakers: May - Mr. C. Townshend - "History of the Waihou River".

June - Resume of trip to Norfolk Island made by members of the Society.

July - Mrs. K. Morrison - Talk on recent trip to Indonesia and Singapore.

August - Talk by Mrs. S. Wolstenholme on an Old Church in Mobberly - Cheshire.

Sept. - Talk by Mr. A. Moor - Cambridge - "History of Stewart Island".

Oct. - Talk and slides, by Mr. G. Mayclair, Waihi, on Mining Machinery.

Also Field Day trip to Te Aroha and Wairongomai [Waiorongomai – E].

Nov. - Talk by Mrs. I. Hughes on "Centenary of Mining" at Huntly. Also display of old articles.

December - January - Summer vacation.

Feb. - Members attended Komata Reefs Re-union.

March - Mr. Thorp gave report on N.Z. Federation Historical Societies' Annual General Meeting at Nelson.

April - Annual Meeting, 18th April, 1977.

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N.Z. FEDERATION OF HISTORICAL SOCIETIES. Our Society was represented at the conference of the Federation, held this year at Nelson, by Mr. and Mrs. Thorp. The number of affiliated societies has risen to about 45. The main object of the Federation is to provide a medium for a voice representative of historical societies, and at present one of the main aims is representation on the board of the Historic Places Trust.