Below is a selection of links to articles that have appeared in print. Click on the links to read the full article.
FLYING ACES: THREE SETS OF TWINS
In April 2006 Tairawhiti Museum installed a moving Anzac display. Poignant stories emerged and a fascinating one is that three sets of Gisborne twins served as airmen in World War II - the Gray, the Singer and the Spencer twins. Gisborne’s population then was just 16,000. read full article
HOPPER DREDGE WHEEL STEERS HOME
It was a special day for the museum when a great grand-daughter of Gisborne’s John Townley, Mrs Gillian Poulier, wrote from Australia, offering to gift the museum a local treasure she wished to send ‘home’. The item is a ship’s steering wheel and it had been presented to her great grandfather. It is from a hopper dredge, the John Townley, which had been built in 1901 in Lyttleton and arrived in Gisborne in February 1902. read full article
EARLY MUSEUM CONTRIBUTOR: JOSEPH GREACEN BLACK
Two obituary notices in the past five months prompted some interest at the Tairawhiti Museum. The first, in September, was or David Black 79 years of Muriwai and the second just 4 weeks ago was for Nancy Black who was 97. Were these relatives of Greacen Black whose collected pieces are among our museum’s earliest deposits? read full article...
‘A HUGE ZEST FOR LIFE’: WILLIAM FITZGERALD CRAWFORD
Anyone who knows something about the colonial period in Gisborne, or Turanga-nui-a-Kiwa as it was referred to then, will admire the early pioneers who settled among the several iwi and hapu in the region. Names like Williams, Harris, Read and White would rank among the most well-known—men and women who were self-reliant, progressive in their thinking and who had an appetite for challenges. read full article...
AN AVID COLLECTOR: JIM HOLDSWORTH
It was with sadness that staff of the Tairawhiti Museum learnt of the recent passing of Mr Jim Holdsworth. He had a very strong interest in history ranging from early voyaging explorations to local events, both European and Maori. This is reflected amongst the fine collections he amassed over the years. read full article...
TOKOMARU BAY RECORDS REACH MUSEUM
The museum cares for a fascinating Community Archive which contains a diverse array of records from organisations and institutions, some still active, others defunct. Recently the museum was surprised and delighted to receive the records of the former Tokomaru Bay Amateur Repertory Society, comprising a Minutes book, programmes and more. read full article...
MUSEUM TO DO ITS PART TOWARDS ANZAC
Billy, Thomas and Rangi Halbert were scrub cutting on the family farm, Te Wera,at the back of Matawai when they got wind of the war with Germany. It was 1914 and the three brothers jumped on their horses and rode to Gisborne where they were among the first volunteers to enlist in the army. Ten months later Corporal William (Billy) Parekura Halbert was a bugler going ashore at Anzac Cove as part of the 500-strong Maori Contingent. read full article...
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