Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 32, September 1988


The President, Sam Orr, in reporting to the Society's Annual General Meeting, said that the past year had been an active one, with good attendances at meetings. Sunday afternoon meetings in winter had been a particular success. Mr Orr commented on the various activities during the year, a resume which is given below. Thanks were extended to members of the Society and especially to Committee members who had carried out their duties faithfully, contributing to the Society's success.





Party from Auckland Savage Club visited Museum



Mr Graham Watton spoke on "Role of Press in Community"



Mr Chas Townshend awarded QSM in Queens Birthday Honours List



Members spoke on their recent trip to Norfolk Is.



Mrs Cathy Manktelow spoke on "Antiques"



Afternoon in honour of 90th Birthdays of Mrs N Climie and Mr & Mrs J L Brown (fully reported elsewhere in Journal)



40 members on bus trip to Te Maori Exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery. Hosts were Tainui Tribe. Afternoon spent at Auckland Museum



Meeting addressed by Mr Lud Sparks - history of NZ Justice Dept with emphasis on Probation Service



Stall at Lions Club Field Day, "Come on Paeroa - Have a go". Ladies of the Society enacted an old-time washing scene.



Visit by Paeroa Old Pupils Assn.



Meeting addressed by Paeroa Librarian, Mrs Pamela Miller



Meeting addressed by Mr Bill Turner, Resident Engineer MOW, speaking of his work as Supervisor of Developments on Chatham Island



The Society sent congratulations to Mr Huhurere Tukukino celebrating his 80th Birthday at a function in the War Memorial Hall, Paeroa



Annual Dinner in the West Rugby Club Rooms, attended by 85 members and guests.

Guest speakers:-

Mr Bruce Buchanan - Awaiti

Mr Arch McDonald - Patetonga and peat country

Mr R T (Bob) Hughes - Paeroa Borough Council and events

Mrs Angela Morrison - Hikutaia

Mr Vic Alley - "Good old days"

Mrs Jacqui Scott - Paeroa Borough Council, local government




Waikato Historical Society hosted a meeting at Hockin House, Hamilton - "Meet the President" - Mr (and Mrs) Brian Astridge who spoke about the "Federation - practice the Rules" - 100-120 people present. The Federation was formed following an inaugural meeting in March 1971 - 45 Societies involved. In 1988 there are 75 Societies and 53 Associate Members.



Twentyfourth Annual Meeting - first since Amendment to Constitution (Financial Year 1 Jan - 31 Dec.)

Letter received from our "sister" town, Nowra (Shoalhaven Historical Society)



Mrs Townshend and Mr Reid attended an auction of fittings and furniture from old Waikato Museum - nothing suitable to our requirements.



Guests of Kawakawa Bay Historical Society - bus trip enjoyed by 40 members visiting historical sites and including a call at Miranda Valley Traditional Cheese Factory.



Mrs Angela Morrison appointed Delegate to Federation Annual Conference April 22-24 at Birkenhead.

Filing Cabinet gifted by Te Aroha Thames Valley Dairy Co.

Mrs H Sutherland sought support to establishment of a Marae at Rotokohu (subsequently sanctioned by Ohinemuri County Council).

Mr J Silcock (Paeroa College) spoke of life and experience of 2 year's teaching in Cook Is



Mr Cyril Richardson presented 2 old photos - flax mill, Mill Rd. - 1900? Also 2 old (aluminium) records from Estate A T Jones, former Solicitor, Paeroa.

Mr Phil Jones showed video of bus trip to Kawakawa Bay.



Mrs Angela Morrison reported on Federation Annual Conference.

Paeroa Borough Council reported that eastern wall of Museum leaked badly during Cyclone Bola March 7 - 12. Would be attended to, sealed, etc.



Conducted tour of new mining complex at Martha Mine, Waihi by 33 members. Bus provided by the Company - very wet day and visibility limited. Some $45 million already spent on development.

Meetings during winter months to be held on third Sunday at 2 00pm


The President, Mrs Margaret Wells, reported that monthly meetings had been well attended, with some interesting talks by various speakers.

It was with regret that the Society farewelled Mr and Mrs Bert McAra during the year when they left Waihi to live in Thames to be nearer their daughter. They were farewelled at a morning tea at the home of Mrs Wells who presented Mrs McAra with an azalea bush for their new home and Mr McAra with a photo of Waihi showing Union Hill.

Several members had attended a party organised by the Paeroa Historical Society for Mrs Nell Climie's 90th birthday. Mrs Wells presented Mrs Climie with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Waihi Society.

A number of field trips had been undertaken, when a bus was hired to convey members to the Kiwifruit Complex at Te Puke, Te Maori Exhibition and Microworld in Auckland and to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and Waiuku Museum.

Members had welcomed the West Auckland Historical Society as well as the North Shore Historical Society during the year when they had both paid field trips to Waihi.

Waihi was now going through another very exciting mining era, Mrs Wells said. In June last year members had gone to the Mining Company's public relations office to see the video on present mining operations.

A number of items of interest were displayed at the November meeting which made an interesting talking point. A very enjoyable social hour was spent with morning tea being served, complemented with a beautifully iced Christmas cake.


A painting competition during July was held at the Waihi Arts Centre & Museum to celebrate the 25th Jubilee of the opening of the Association. The open competition attracted 55 entries from many parts of the North Island.

Over 100 people attended the official opening of the exhibition on Sunday, July 10 when the winners received a total of $3,900 in sponsored prize money. First prize of $2,000 went to Mrs. Sue Aagaard Norton for her oil painting entitled "Sculptured Light". The Judge was Mrs. Nicki Van Der Meijden of Auckland who made very favourable comment on the museum improvements since she was in Waihi 25 years ago.

Also present was Mrs. Eric Lee-Johnson whose husband had played a leading part in the establishment of the Arts Centre & Museum when the Manual Training School became vacant. Mr. Lee-Johnson was unable to be present at the function.





Labour Weekend 1989

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In last year's Journal, an error was made in the OBITUARY for the late J A MILROY.

The incorrect paragraph stated:-

"He married Alma Power in December 1935 and theyhadthree children, Graeme, Glenice and Mary. Alma died in 1957. He later remarried in 1968 to Claudia Clarke."

This paragraph should have been as follows:-

"He married Alma Power in December 1935, who sadly died in 1957. He remarried in 1968 to Claudia Clarke. There are three children, Graeme, Glenice and Mary."