Two Early Paeroa Professionals
Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 25, November 1981
by NELL CLIMIE
Several incidents have provided us with interesting facets of Paeroa history, Mr. Frank Gillman recently retired Architect of Hamilton donated to our Museum some of his father's beautifully drawn plans of early Paeroa homes and other buildings. At about the same time Mrs. Colhoun (nee Raeburn), of Thames, gave us a photograph, taken about 1909 of business premises, "Dominion Chambers" in Belmont Road. This included the Office of her father "John Raeburn, Accountant", and "E.E. Gillman, Architect". Correspondence has revealed further information.
Glimpse at Early Beekeeping
Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 52, September 2008
(by Alex Spinks, Hikutaia)
With development of the Ohinemuri District towards the end of the 19th century, came an increasing number of fruit orchards and backyard fruit trees. It became essential that there be an abundance of honey bees to pollinate the fruit trees and therefore produce honey.
In 1905 the Government's bee expert, Mr J. Hopkins, visited the Ohinemuri District and looked at possibilities of establishing bee farming in the area. He met with local orchardists and interested people. No doubt prior to this visit there were hives of bees in the district and honey was being produced.
Waitawheta Water Supply
Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 4, September 1965
Undoubtedly the biggest undertaking ever attempted by the Borough was the Waitawheta Water Scheme and it was a most protracted affair. First mention in the records was in 1923 when Hauraki Plains County initiated discussions on a joint scheme but it was received without much enthusiasm despite the fact that the 1923/24 Summer was a very dry one.
Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 40, September 1996
WHERE DOES NETHERTON'S NAME COME FROM?
By C W Malcolm
During my eight years as headmaster of the Netherton School, I searched the history of the district. It is interesting that Captain James Cook with pinnace and longboat explored the river to that point before returning down stream to the ENDEAVOUR lying in the Firth which he named THAMES.
Captain Cook would not have known it as NETHERTON for that name was unknown in 1769. Its name was TE KOPURU and the first European settler changed it to NETHERTON, the place in England he had emigrated from. His reason for so doing was the confusion, particularly concerning the mails, with another Te Kopuru, north of Auckland.
Tales of a Pioneer
Karangahake School and District 70th Jubilee 1889-1959
My Uncle, Bill Sorensen, used to tell us many tales of the early days. He was born in 1876, in a four-roomed cottage at the foot of Turner's Hill, but later his father built a six-roomed house which was pit-sawn from one large kauri tree. It was roofed with split wooden shingles. He and Bill Marsh went to the first Mackaytown School and Mr Sullivan, who later went to Paeroa as Headmaster, taught there. Daldy Williams ran a store and Post Office in an old hotel near the school.