Maungaturoto will be celebrating 150 Years in 2013

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Maungaturoto's 50th Jubilee Celebrations 1914


Tuesday was a red-letter day in the history of Maungaturoto, and the settlers of this new dairying centre met to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the pioneers. The green outside the hall was the scene of many happy recognitions and many a hearty handshake.

A feature of the gathering, which numbered from 100 to 150, was the presence of quite a large proportion of the original settlers, many of whom had come from the furthest parts of the district, and some from Auckland, in order to take part in the festivities.

The evening's proceedings commenced with a musical programme in the hall, to which the following contributed enjoyable items : —Messrs Edith Hyland, Madge Cullen, McNab, Mrs McLean, Mr W. Hook, and a glee party. An address of welcome to visitors was given by Mr. Bailey.

The member for the district, Mr Mander, who presided, made a brief speech) in the course of which he said he was one who came to New Zealand a good many years ago, “without a stitch of clothes” (Laughter). Mr. Gordon Coates, M.P. for Kaipara, and the Hon. F. W. Lang also spoke briefly, the latter apologising for the absence of the Prime Ministor.

The day's festives were brought to a close by a dance, and the jubilee was further celebrated on Thursday by the holding of gatherings specially organised for the children.

Kaipara & Waitemata Echo 11 February 1914

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The First Agricultural Show

Every year the annual Paparoa A &P Show is held. Once though, Maungaturoto had their own shows. The first show was held in a 'public room' on March 2nd 1870. The article below makes for fascinating reading:



The first exhibition of the recently-formed Agricultural Society of this district was held at the public room, on Wednesday, March 2.

The samples of produce, though limited in variety, spoke favourably as to the capabilities of the soil, and the care and industry of the settlers. A splendid show of choice and well-grown fruits of various kinds was furnished by Mr. Hurndall, of Wairau Creek Farm ; and Mr. Huband, of Aston House Farm, exhibited a basket of the best-flavoured peaches I have met with in this country.

Potatoes of fine growth were exhibited by several of the settlers ; other root crops, seeds, and cereals, together with dairy produce, did the exhibitors great credit.

The Rev. T. Booker and Mr Charles Hook were appointed judges, and awarded prizes as follows : — Peaches : First prize, Mr. Huband ; second prize, Mr. Hurndall. Red potatoes : First prize, Mr. Howard ; second prize, Mr. Rowsell. White potatoes : First prize, Mr. Howard ; second prize, Mr. E. Martin. Carrots : First prize, Mr.Hurndall ; second prize, Mr. Howard. Parsnips : First prize, Mr. Hnband ; second prize, Mr. Hurndall. Onions : First prize, Mr. Flower ; second prize, Mr. Mason. Rye grass seed : First prize, Mr. R. Marbin (a very clean and sound sample) ; second prize, Mr. Oldham. The judges commended some exhibits not under competition, especially a collection of fruit by Mr. Hurndall and a collection of flowers by Mr. Huband. Samples of wheat by Messrs. J. Rowsell and Oldham, and some well-grown cabbages by Mr. Mason, also deserved honourable mention. — A meeting was subsequently held, when' the rules suggested by the committee were amended and confirmed, and the meeting separated, with larger hopes for the coming year.

Daily Southern Cross 26 March 1870

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Unfortunate death of Reverend T. Booker

Going through the 1963 publication "This Valley in the Hills" which is the centennial history of Maungaturoto and the surrounding areas I came across a reference to the death of Reverend T. Booker who had been an integral part of the original non-conformist settlers that had taken up land in the area. Reverend Booker died on 8 March 1872 after a tree had fallen upon him. He had been in the process of felling a large rimu tree with his own when the accident happened


We regret to ha»e to record a most lamentable occurrence, which took place on the 8th March, at Maungaturoto, Kaipara, by which the Rev. Mr Booker, well known as an earnest and zealous minister in the district, lost his life. It appears that Mr Booker was engaged with his youthful soil in felling a rather large rimu tree.

In its fall, the tree took an unexpected direction, and came down upon Mr Booker with such force as to produce concussion of the brain; at the same time breaking one of his arms and a leg.

Death must have been instantaneous, as the unfortunate gentleman never gave the least sign of consciousness after the accident. Preparations were being made on the same day for holding an inquest. Mr Booker was a most popular minister in his district, and on all sides his loss is regarded humanly speaking irreparable:
 Mr Booker has left a widow and an only son. The Rev. gentleman came out from England some ten years ago with the Nonconformist emigrants, and with, the intention of ministering to them in their new home.

In consequence, however, of the untoward circumstances attendant on the settlement, or rather no settlement of the party, he, in common with many others, remained in this city. The Congregational Church at Newton, blown down during the famous gale of last year, was erected through his efforts, and there the rev. gentleman labored for some years.

In the year 1868 he was appointed by the Congregational Mission to labor in the North. Since that period he has continued to minister in that district up to the time of his death. Mr Booker was held in high esteem, and much beloved, not only by the denomination to which he was attached, but also by a wide circle of friends, of other churches.

His sterling piety, his many useful acquirements, his gentle manners his prudence, his readiness to serve others in any way in his power, and at the cost of any self-denial to himself, endeared him to all with whom he came into contact. His loss will be keenly felt by the Congregational body, and the gap made by his death will not easily be filled. The bad tidings hare been received with great regret and universal sorrow. — N. Z. Herald."
North Otago Times 2 April 1872

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Burning of Edward Mahoney

This is one event that happened in 1934 that lessons perhaps would have been learned from. A sad tale in the 110 year old history of the local Maungaturoto Hotel. Edward Mahoney was badly burned when benzine fumes ignited because of a naked flame source nearby. What happened to him is unknown. I've been unable to find any further details of the man's progress or even if he survived the terrible burns he had received as a result of his clothes catching on fire.




(By Telegraph—Press Association.) AUCKLAND, September 14,

Severe burns to the body were received by an employee of the Maungaturoto Hotel, Edward Mahoney, aged 56, single, when his clothes were set alight while he was pouring benzine. He had been employed at the hotel, only since Monday.

Mahoney had gone to a building about 50 yards from, the hotel to replenish the tank of a. petrol engine, used to generate electric power. As he was pouring the benzine the fumes were ignited by a candle lantern which was standing a short distance away. Benzine was splashed over his clothing, which was quickly in flames. Mahoney rushed into the yard shouting for assistance. His cries were heard by the occupant of an upstairs room, who stripped the bedclothes from the bed and threw them from the window to the yard below. Attracted by shouts, others in the hotel hastened to smother the flames. Mahoney's clothes were almost completely destroyed by the flames, and he suffered severe burns practically all over his body. His condition is very serious.

Evening Post 15 September 1934

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Opening of the North Kaipara Butter Factory Whakapirau 1904

Opening Day in 1904

At last we have found the report of the opening of the Whakapirau Butter Factory, which still stands down at Whakapirau Beach. It's seen many uses over the decades. Whilst it had a short life as a butter factory its sound construction has helped it survive its now 100 plus years. Next year in 2012 on September 27 the building will turn 110 years old. A milestone in New Zealand Co-operative Dairying history. The history of the Maungaturoto Co-operative Dairy Company 1902-1952 noted that they did not have the name of the North Kaipara Co-operative Dairy Company's first manager. Now we have that name. A Mr Drake was the first manager of the Dairy Company at Whakapirau. The article below names the builders and architects of this important building, as well as the suppliers of the machinery that made the factory run.

The North Kaipara Co-Operative Dairy Company at Whakapirau

Opening of a New Butter Factory, Whakapirau.

Tuesday, the 27th September, was a red letter day in the history of North Kaipara.

The occasion being the opening of the now butter factory belonging to the North Kaipara Co-operative Dairy Co.

The shareholders with their wives and families turned out in full force, notwithstanding the inclement state of the weather. The proceedings commenced with a sumptious lunch to which full justice was done, after which Mr McMurdo, chairman of Directors, addressed the assemblage and traced the history of the company.

In an able speech he urged upon all the necessity of pulling together and also of bringing in large quantities of good cream so as to make the factory a success.

He was followed by Mr Cullen chairman of the Maungaturoto Co., who urged upon the shareholders the necessity of all.pulling together and carrying on the business as a, true co-operative company. The Chairman then called upon Mr Bishop, representative of Messrs J. B. MacEwan and Co., the contractors for supplying and fitting up the machinery. Mr Bishop prefaced his remarks with some comments on the steam service on the Kaipara which he condemned in no unmeasured terms. This was not to be wondered at as he, in connection with several others, had to spend the previous night on the deck of the s.s, Gosford on account of the inadequate accommodation to be found on that vessel.

Referring, to the butter factory, he congratulated the district on the decided advance it was making. He instanced the prosperity that had followed the establishment of butter factories in other parts of New Zealand and said no doubt it would have the same effect at Kaipara.

He pointed out the difference in the fleeting prosperity caused by timber and gum as against the permanent prosperity that would follow the establishment of permanent industries such as butter factories. He said the gum and timber were nearly done, and asked what was the district the better for it. He said when a farmer had to go off his farm to earn money it was so much time wasted us he had nothing to show for his labour, whereas by starting a butter factory they enabled the farmer to live and work at home thereby improving his holding and adding to the permanent prosperity and value of the district.

He then gave some comparisons between the so called poor North and the rest of New Zealand. He stated that whereas the total area of the Northern peninsula was only one twenty-fifth of the whole of Now Zealand it contained one twelveth of the total cattle in the colony and therefore could not be such a poor place after all. Mr Rathbone, one of the Directors, followed and paid a high tribute to the builders, Messrs Weber and Sons, and to the contractors for supplying the machinery, Messrs J. B. MacEwan and Co.

He said they had one of the most up-to-date factories in New Zealand and it reflected great credit upon the latter firm who had shown their knowledge of what was wanted by fitting up the plant in such excellent style. Mr Campbell, manager of the Maungaturoto factory, and Mr Jackman also spoke, and urged upon all the necessity of making the undertaking a success. Mr Angel said the success of the company was assured because the promoters were all of good old British bulling breed who did not know the meaning of the word defeat (loud cheers). Everything now being ready Mrs McMurdo declared the factory open, amidst cheers.

Mr Drake, the manager, then put the machinery in motion, and after explaining the process of receiving, cooling and ripening the cream, ran the cream from the vat to the churn, stating the butter would be churned in half an hour, and as a proof that he knew what he was talking about the butter was churned in the time stated. The butter was then placed on the worker and the process was watched by an interested crowd of fanners and their wives and daughters, who compared the method of working it by machinery with the hard labour system they had been used to. Needless to say, the comparison was not in favour of the latter. The factory is built on the beach alongside the wharf and was specially designed by Mr Percival of Inglewood and reflects great credit upon him and the contractors Messrs Weber and Sons of Pahi.

The machinery which was supplied and fitted up by the well known firm of Messrs J. B. MacEwan and Co, consists of a 21 H.P. Campbell oil engine, a two ton Humble and Sons refrigerator, cream vat, churn, butter worker and the hundred and one items that go to make an up-to-date butter factory. The fitting up, which has been planned to minimise the work at the factory as much as possible reflects great credit upon the engineer and especially upon Mr R.?. D. Robertson drew out the plans.

- Rodney and Otamatea Times 8 October 1904

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monument to the Men who fell in World War One (Unveiled ANZAC Day 1920)

The Obelisk stands on a rise in the Congregational Church Cemetery on Gorge Road over looking Maungaturoto Township. Of the names listed on its sides, only four came home. The rest died at Gallipoli, Belgium and France. This monument was erected by the families of these fallen men in their memory prior to World War 2.  ANZAC Day Commemorations are held at the RSA cemetery near the Maungaturoto Centennial hall. 

After some research the date of unveiling was on Anzac Day (April) 1920. The Northern Advocate had reported the unveiling of the monument:

A united Anzac memorial service was held at 10.30 a.m. on Anzac Day, in the old church grounds, in the bright sunshine. It was attended by a fine gathering of people from far and near, including the returned soldiers of the district who marched and formed a guard of honour at the foot of a memorial stone erected to the fallen men of the district which was unveiled by .Sergt. B. C. Cox. Immediately after the unveiling Kipling's Recessional, "Lest We Forget, Lest We Forget," was sung. Impressive addresses were delivered by Revs Mr Pratt (Presbyterian), J. C. Hawkesworth (Anglican), and Mr H. Cullen (Congregational). Miss Stewart presided at the organ. The hymns comprised: "Oh God, Our Help," "Nearer My God to Thee, and "Peace, Perfect Peace." The Last Post was sounded by Bugler Hyland and the National Anthem concluded the service.

Northern Advocate 29 April 1920

I've gone though the list of names and where possible I have included links to their burial places and war records. Lest we forget the memory of these brave men who fought and died far from home.

HARRISON, HENRY HAYWARD Initials: H H Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Trooper Regiment/Service: Auckland Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F. Age: 27 Date of Death: 12/07/1915 Service No: 13/548 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: C. 22. Cemetery: ARI BURNU CEMETERY, ANZAC
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database Record
It was with regret we learned that one of our local boys had been killed in action at the front, in the person of Trooper Howard Harrison, 11th Regiment. This is the first death amongst our own boys, although quite a number have been wounded. While deeply sympathising with the bereaved family, we all feel proud of our fallen comrade.
- Kaipara & Waitemata Echo 5 August 1915
12th July. Harrison, Henry Hayward, 13/548, Tpr. (A. G. Harrison, Maungaturoto, Auckland)
- Evening Post 2 August 1915
Initials: C B Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Trooper Regiment/Service: Auckland Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F. Date of Death: 08/08/1915 Service No: 13/66 Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Harrison, of 22, Ariki St., Grey Lynn, Auckland. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. Memorial: CHUNUK BAIR (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL
Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database Record
MALCOM INNES FINLAYSON service no 13/2433 NZ Army 15.09.1916 AGED 22
FINLAYSON, MALCOLM INNES Initials: M I Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Unit Text: 2nd Bn. Age: 32 Date of Death: 15/09/1916 Service No: 13/2433 Additional information: Son of Margaret Finlayson, of 15A, Norana Avenue, Remuera, Auckland, and the late Alexander Finlayson. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Memorial: CATERPILLAR VALLEY (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database Record
SATCHWELL, KINGSLEY Initials: K Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Unit Text: 2nd Bn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 15/09/1916 Service No: 12/2463 Additional information: Son of Isabella Satchwell, of "Muritai," Clifton Rd., Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, and the late Frederick James Satchwell. Also served in Egypt and at Gallipoli. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. B. 5. Cemetery: QUARRY CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database Record
JAMES TAYLOR 22.05.1917 AGED 27
TAYLOR, JAMES Initials: J Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Private Regiment/Service: New Zealand Medical Corps Age: 30 Date of Death: 22/05/1917 Service No: 13/239 Additional information: Son of William Taylor, of Maungaturoto. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: I1. 87. Cemetery: OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
FLOWER, HAROLD RALPH Initials: H R Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Rifleman Regiment/Service: New Zealand Rifle Brigade Unit Text: 2nd Bn. 3rd Age: 20 Date of Death: 07/06/1917 Service No: 21503 Additional information: Son of Harold Edwin and Edith Lillian Flower, of Maungaturoto, Kaipara, North Auckland. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Memorial: MESSINES RIDGE (N.Z.) MEMORIAL
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
RICHARD MYERS 20.06.1917 AGED 32
WALTER CAUSER 21.06.1917 AGED 39
CAUSER, WALTER Initials: W Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Rifleman Regiment/Service: New Zealand Rifle Brigade Unit Text: 2nd Bn. 3rd Age: 39 Date of Death: 21/06/1917 Service No: 21492 Additional information: Son of John and Mary Causer, of Maungaturoto Kaipara, Auckland, New Zealand. Native of England. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: V. D. 2. Cemetery: STRAND MILITARY CEMETERY
LEWIS, GEORGE FORRESTER Initials: G F Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Private Regiment/Service: New Zealand Machine Gun Corps Unit Text: No. 2 Coy. Date of Death: 02/10/1917 Service No: 24026 Additional information: Husband of Kate Marion Lewis, of 111, Green Lane Rd., Remuera, Auckland. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: N.Z. Apse, Panel 9. Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

In Memory of

24026, No. 2 Coy., New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
who died on 02 October 1917
Husband of Kate Marion Lewis, of 111, Green Lane Rd., Remuera, Auckland.
Remembered with honour

INGRAM, WILLIAM RALSTON Initials: W R Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Unit Text: 3rd Coy. 1st Bn. Date of Death: 04/10/1917 Service No: 40328 Additional information: Son of William and Annie Ingram, of Marohemo, Auckland. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: N.Z. Apse, Panel 1. Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Digitised Record from Archives New Zealand
JOHN LAMONT 1.10.1918 AGED 36
LAMONT, JOHN Initials: J Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Unit Text: 1st Bn. Date of Death: 01/10/1918 Service No: 56621 Additional information: Husband of Ellen Lamont, of Rowsells, North Auckland, New Zealand. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: III. C. 17. Cemetery: ANNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY
JOHN CAIRNS 7.06.1917 AGED 28
CAIRNS, JACK Initials: J Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Unit Text: 2nd Bn. Date of Death: 06/07/1917 Service No: 14071 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: B. 1. Cemetery: MOTOR CAR CORNER CEMETERY
JACOBSON, WILLIAM VICTOR Initials: W V Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment/Service: New Zealand Rifle Brigade Unit Text: 4th Bn. 3rd Age: 21 Date of Death: 12/10/1917 Service No: 26/817 Additional information: Son of Mrs. Margaret Pitethley (formerly Jacobson), of Ongarue, New Zealand. Native of Auckland, New Zealand. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: XXIX. D. 18. Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY
John James Stevens (this may not be his record)
Digitised Record from Archives New Zealand
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
ANDREW MEANEY 29.08.1918
MEANEY, ANDREW Initials: A Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Rifleman Regiment/Service: New Zealand Rifle Brigade Unit Text: 2nd Bn. 3rd Date of Death: 26/08/1918 Service No: 21521 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 1. Cemetery: VAULX HILL CEMETERY
W.H. JEFFS 5.06.1930
C.H. ALLEN 10.11.1934
JOHN HILL 12.08.1936
(Own Correspondent)
Again it is our sad duty to record the deaths of two more of our brave lade who left this district to do their duty to their King and Empire, and who have laid down their lives on the fields of France.
On the whole, the Maungaturoto lads appear to have been fortunate. During the Gallipoli campaign the two brothers Harrison were killed; but since then, though several were wounded, none was killed till the recent advance in France, when Trooper Innes Finlayson, A.M.K., and Private Kingsley Satchwell, A Batallion, were killed in action. The former is the second son of the late Alex. Finlayson, and is one of four brothers who enlisted. His elder brother left with the main body, and was wounded at Gallipoli and invalided home. Another brother is still in France and one in Egypt.
Kingsley Satchwell was the nephew of the Rev. T. W. Potts, and had resided here f'or only a comparatively short time when the call came, and he, too, joined the colours.
A memorial service was held in the Congregational Church on Sunday last. There was a very large congregation iv attendance, and the Rev. Potts delivered a very tine sermon on the supreme sacrifice made by these two men.
In order to provide additional funds for patriotic purposes, it is proposed to hold a Fair on a large scale in December. Provisional committees have been set up, and the initial steps taken.
- Rodney and Otamatea Times,Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette 25 October 1916