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Mauao Stone Jetty by Lee Switzer (2).
Construction of the stone jetty, the first wharf at Mount Maunganui, began on 7 December 1888. All Tauranga's leading citizens
Ranui Shipwreck (1950) by Lee Switzer.
Sixty-five years after the Ranui Disaster in 1950, Lee Switzer took the following photographs of the site. The photographs were
Hugh and Mary Scott.
Lance Corporal Hugh Scott (S/12155) of the Cameron Highlanders (5th Bn) was killed in action at the Battle of Loos
Tauranga World War One nurse Jeanne Spiers Sinclair was on board the 'Marquette' when it was torpedoed by a German
The Military Record of Andrew Dougall Blair is at the United Kingdom National Archives. Reference ADM 240/38/782, it is subject
Tauranga Wreath Laying Ceremony to Mark the Start of World War One (4 August 2014). Photographer: Debbie McCauley .
Roy Leslie Garmonsway served during World War I (1914-1918). He was discharged from war service in 1919 suffering from deafness
Tauranga Wreath Laying Ceremony to Mark the Start of World War One (4 August 2014). Photographer: Debbie McCauley .
Charles Vincent Garmonsway served in France during World War I (1914-1918). He was my second great uncle - Debbie McCauley.
Tauranga Wreath Laying Ceremony to Mark the Start of World War One (4 August 2014). Photographer: Debbie McCauley .
Frederick Kahui Crawford was wounded and gassed in France during World War I (1914-1918). He was my second great uncle
Henry Thomas Chipper (1893-1915) Chipper Henry Thomas Photo-01.
Henry Thomas Chipper was killed in action at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915. He was my second great uncle's brother
Henry Luke Walker (1912-1975).
Henry Luke Walker was a Lance Corporal and Driver with the 2nd Division New Zealand Army Service Corps during World
Arthur Rupert Chipper (1886-1956).
Arthur Rupert Chipper served during both World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945). He married Alicia Mary Kelly
Trooper George Buchanan Young (1877-1955).
Scottish born (Uddingston 14/9/1877) George Buchanan Young (43142) (1877-1955) enlisted at the age of 39 in December 1916. He was
Tauranga Wreath Laying Ceremony to Mark the Start of World War One (4 August 2014). Photographer: Debbie McCauley .
John Walker Watt served during both the South African War (Boer War) (1899-1902) and World War I (1914-1918). He was
Tauranga Wreath Laying Ceremony to Mark the Start of World War One (4 August 2014). Photographer: Debbie McCauley .
John Richard McCauley was a veteran of both the South African War (Boer War) (1899-1902) and World War I (1914-1918).
George Arthur Kelly (1871-1932).
George Arthur Kelly served in the South African War (Boer War) (1899-1902) and also during World War I (1914-1918) where
Alwina Clarice Hazel Garmonsway was married at age sixteen, left her abusive husband after a couple of years to live
Doctor Joseph Livingstone Frazer-Hurst was on board the 'Marquette' when it was torpedoed by a German submarine on 23 October
Ernest William Chater (c1873-1937).
Ernest William Chater enlisted in World War I from Tauranga on 15 August 1914. He was shot in the leg
Alfred Barber was born in Tauranga. Prior to enlistment he was working in Australia as a Fruit Grower. He enlisted
Under Construction   Military Record (click here).  1915 Leonard Goodacre signed up on the 24th August, 1915. On August 28
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A list of Tauranga men who fought during the Gallipoli Campaign. They either enlisted from Tauranga or were born in
Tauranga settler William John Douglas died when he swallowed a staple whilst fencing.
Debbie McCauley with her Children's Book Awards Finalists (2015).
On Tuesday 24 March 2015 three children’s books from Tauranga were announced as Finalists in the LIANZA Children's Book Awards.
Eric Lucas Goodacre was a First World War soldier in the Auckland Mounted Rifles.
On 5 March 1945 Alexander Alan Twaddle's plane was hit by friendly fire. The crew jumped out of the aircraft
Katikati No. 1 School: Tuapiro (1900).
Katikati school teacher John Rollo Comerford Parker was also known as 'Rollo'. His marriage in 1876 to fellow settler Annie
Shellal Mosaic.
A lithograph of the Shellal Mosaic discovered in a Waikato antique shop once belonged to Ernest John ROOK, Service No.
ANZAC 2010 002.
Photographer: Lee Switzer. The 2010 ANZAC Day service at Tauranga's Memorial Park.
William Fraser (1827-1901).
Tauranga's 'Fraser Street' is named after Colonel William Fraser who fought at the Battle of Te Ranga on 21 June
Leanne Brown takes the oath of office .
This page is an index to some of the articles that Lee has contributed to the Tauranga Memories kete.
Granite Soldier (Pyes Pa Cemetery) .
The Granite Soldier and Stone Plaque at Pyes Pa Cemetery in Tauranga are together known as the Veteran Memorial. The
Faulkner Park (Tauranga).
Faulkner Park in Robins Road, Tauranga, was named for former Mayor Eric Lees Faulkner. Photos: Debbie McCauley (February, 2015).
Herries Memorial Arch.
Sir William Herbert Herries was a parliamentarian and MP for Tauranga. He is commemorated via Herries Memorial Arch on The
Te Papa Peninsula Gardens.
There have been gardens on the Te Papa peninsula since people first arrived in Tauranga in the 1300s. An information

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Tauranga City Libraries is facilitating an online digital ‘knowledge basket’  Tauranga Memories  to capture the spirit  of Tauranga and its communities. Our vision is to capture these memories through your personal stories, photographs, video and audio footage.

It could be the stories of your migration or photos of a Tauranga event that you may have attended. Both individuals and community groups are welcome to contribute.So come join us in creating a vibrant resource that captures that true spirit of Tauranga, creating a legacy for our future generations to enjoy. For more details, email Tauranga Memories.

 

 

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