Katikati has a rich and varied history. The town is located between Tauranga and Waihi on the Uretara Stream. The land on which the town was established was obtained as part of an 'enforced sale' after the Battle of Te Ranga in 1864.
In 1875 settlers from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland arrived in Katikati. The settlement, known as the ‘Ulster Plantation’, was the brainchild of Katikati’s founder George Vesey Stewart (1831-1920). Stewart had arrived in New Zealand in 1874 searching for land on which to establish a new settlement. He applied for the Katikati block, which he was granted. The land was later awarded as land grants in farm lots. Upon his return to Ireland he recruited settlers through lectures, circulars and the Orange Lodge. The main ships that the first settlers arrived on were:
1875 Carisbrook Castle
1878 Lady Jocelyn
Today, Katikati is also known for the many murals painted on walls around the town, a project which started in the 1990s as a way to attract tourists to the area and revitalize the town. There is also the Haiku Pathway which opened in 2000 beside the Uretara River adorned with poem engraved boulders.
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Ethel Louisa Latham married Charles Macmillan who would later become Mayor and Member of Parliament for Tauranga. She was a
An article written in 2016 by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack about her relationship with the historic Athenree Homestead. The history
My memories of Apata in the 1950’s, the trains and bus trip to Katikati
Louis was the grandaughter of Gustavus Ferdinand Von Tempsky (1828-1868), Major in the Forest Rangers.
Mary Ashfield appears on the 1893 and 1896 New Zealand Electoral Rolls. This photograph of her was taken by Emily
This typewritten article by an unknown author is thought to have been written in 1933. It was discovered amongst the
Many of the settler's who arrived in Katikati as part of George Vesey Stewart's 'Ulster Plantation' named the farms they
Bob Scott donated a chapter on the life of Albert George Squinobal to Tauranga City Libraries in 2015.
John Alexander McKinney and family arrived in New Zealand on the Lady Jocelyn in 1878 as part of George Vesey
Katikati school teacher John Rollo Comerford Parker was also known as 'Rollo'. His marriage in 1876 to fellow settler Annie
Alice Macmillan farmed in Beach Road, Katikati, for fifty-two years. She was the mother of Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack.
In this story by Katikati historian Ellen McCormack, we learn that the 'landing' of the Katikati settlers in 1875 was
This history of the theatre in Katikati has been researched and written by resident Val Baker.
The opening of the Katikati Maternity Hospital on Monday 1 June 1942 by Frederick Widdowson Doidge (M.P.) was the culmination
This piece on the history of the Talisman Hotel in Katikati was written by Katikati historian Ellen McCormack in 2012.
What persuaded a party of Ulster Scots pioneers to leave their homes in the 1870s, and travel halfway round the
Ivy and husband Sidney moved onto a Katikati farm in the 1930s. Sid was a fine singer and good at
Cherry Chamberlain wrote this account of her life at Katikati in 2003 with the assistance of Ken Smith and the
Katikati settler William John Stewart brought a consignment of blackbirds, thrushes and starlings to New Zealand on board the Lady
Doctor Joe was a much loved Katikati identity for over 40 years. His early years were scarred by his experiences
The first Fair in Katikati was held in 1885 on Easter Monday. This article appeared in the Bay of Plenty
Katikati events in 1879. Compiled by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack (2013).
This page contains the index to the book The McCauley Family of Katikati, New Zealand: 1876 to 2012 by Debbie
The Legion of Frontiersmen J Troop, led by Captain Val Baker, won the 2010 TrustPower Western Bay of Plenty Community
On Friday, 9 August 2013, I was privileged to have the opportunity to take Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack on a
Charles Hagerty was the brother of the Katikati founder George Vesey Stewart's second wife, Alice Amelia Ellen Hagerty (1856-1930).
The Katikati pioneers built more than four schools in the Katikati area. They were No. 1 School at Kauri Point;
The year before his death, the 'Father of Katikati,' George Vesey Stewart, made his Farewell Address from his home at
Born in Katikati, Albert James King worked as a coal miner. He was my first cousin thrice removed - Debbie
Remembered as one of 'nature’s true gentlemen' my grandfather was a 'prolific painter' during his retirement years, signing his work
The following article by Joan Dorothy McCauley (nee Harvey) appeared in the 'Taranaki Daily News' on 13 September 1939 (p.
This poem 'Katikati Cemetery' was written by Debbie McCauley after organising the restoration of her ancestor's headstone at Katikati Cemetery
Local authors and historians Christine Clement and Ellen McCormack (QSM) have co-authored a comprehensive history of early Katikati settlers. Article
Katikati events in 1878. Compiled by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack (2013).
Sarah Ann Crawford (nee Birkett) served the Katikati community as a midwife, even delivering several of her own grandchildren. She
This article on the Katikati Railway Station and the East Coast Main Trunk Line was written by Katikati Historian Ellen
[This letter is missing pages 1 & 2 but from its contents the date is estimated at 8 June 1939].
In which John writes Hazel about a little car he bought and is doing up, a Whitsun holiday to Salisbury,
In which John writes Hazel about photographs that have arrived of her son, his new Godfather status, Andy volunteering as
In which John writes Hazel about returning to London, ANZAC volunteers, his 8 days in hospital, letters from Westie and
In which John writes Hazel about the death of Muv and what Bill is to do, Joan's operation, the scrap
In which John writes Hazel about their siblings Quita and Rae, Unc's retirement, Muv's operation, his Katikati property and insurance,
In which John writes Hazel about all the letters he has received, Quit's photo, butter rationing and the substitution of
In which John writes Hazel about his concern for Muv's health, his war job, Andy's job, a Mrs Rickard who
In which John writes Hazel about being sent to a Cambridge station after being chucked out of the flying course,
In which John writes Hazel about his longing for a New Zealand Christmas, the letters from their last trip, Joan's
In which John writes Hazel about Gordon Saunders who is paying a visit, the New Zealand Anti-Tank Unit, friends Trevor
In which John writes Hazel about Stan White, Katikati news, Hazel's idea of moving to England or getting a job,
In which John writes Hazel about an International Friends League meeting, a visit to Newcastle, Scotland, Middlesbrough, Alnwick and Sunderland,
In which John writes Hazel about the bleak winter, playing rugby in 2°, the poverty of the East End, Westie
In 1870 Donald Macmillan married Maria Elise Jacobine Barca in St Croix, West Indies. This page starts with Maria's great
In which John writes Hazel after receiving the newspaper cutting describing his father's death in Inglewood, New Zealand. Despite an
In which John writes Hazel expressing his shock after receiving the cable telling him of their father's death. He mentions
John Glen McCauley's last letter to his sister before his disappearance. In which John writes Hazel about his cracked rib,
In which John writes Hazel on the day of her wedding to Eric Robert Anderson (1909-1967). He tells her of
In which Hazel receives a letter from the Air Department describing the circumstances of John's disappearance and concluding that he
In which the Minister of Defence responds to Hazel's query about reports of a Pilot Officer J.G. McCauley being released
In which Joan writes Hazel about her remarriage to Bob Wallis from Auckland who is in the Merchant Navy, the
In which Joan writes Hazel about the recovery of another body near Cherbourg, France, as reported by the International Red
This brief history of the Katikati Archive was written by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack on 29 January 2009.
In which Joan writes Hazel inquiring after her new baby girl, and telling about the Doodlebug's that are hitting London,
In which Joan writes Hazel about the four bodies that have now been recovered, encloses a snap of John, and
In which Joan writes Hazel about the bodies of two men recovered from the plane John was flying in and
In which Joan writes Hazel three months after John's disappearance about unofficial reports of tank trouble with converted transport planes
This photograph of the Lomas family picnic is believed to have been taken c1930.
In which Joan writes Hazel about John who hasn't been heard of since his plane departed for Gibraltar on 19
The Athenree Post Office was built in 1890 on the Stewart's property at Athenree.
Athenree Railway Station closed in 1978. The station building was sold and moved to Waihi Beach. Recently it was donated
In 1989, 50 years after the beginning of World War II (1939-1945), Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack recalled her childhood years
In which Joan writes Hazel about John's posting to the Mediterranean and the fact that they won't be together for