Reverend Katterns' Ostriches (1900)

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Reverend Katterns' Ostriches (1900).


In around 1895 Reverend William Katterns establised an Ostrich Farm on the main road south of Katikati to supplement his stipend. The birds frequently escaped their enclosure and ran down the main street of Katikati. The ostrich feathers were sold locally and overseas, but after World War I (1914-1918) they went out of fashion. It is said that the last Katikati ostrich was chased down the road by dogs and met it's end in the Waitekohe River. Reverend Katterns and his ostriches are the subject of a mural in Katikati's main street.

Emily Surtees Photographic Collection. Photographer: Emily Surtees (nee Stewart) (eldest child of George Vesey and Margaret Stewart). Courtesy of Elizabeth Smith and Ellen McCormack. Text by Debbie McCauley. Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 16-292 (Ref: Page 36, 003).

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Reverend Katterns' Ostriches (1900)

First Names:William
Last Name:Katterns
Date of Birth:1837
Place of Birth:Reigate, Surrey, England
City:Katikati, New Zealand
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Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -37.5519144,175.9197547

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