Topic: Archives Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)
As part of Local History Week and the 40th Anniversary of Nga Wahi Rangahau Research Collections, archivist Stephanie Smith gave a talk on the archives collection to be found in Research Collections on Wednesday 28 September. Text and photographs: Debbie McCauley.
Archives Smock. This blue smock belonged to Archivist Jinty Rorke and was worn when working with the Bernard Sladden collection.
Richard Louch letter (1792). The oldest letter in the Archives Collection was written in 1792 from London by Richard Louch to his son Richard Louch in Dublin, Ireland. Richard Louch was the great grandfather of Fitzgibbon Louch. The letter contains much of what we would term these days 'emotional blackmail'.
Aspen Tree Slice (c1865-2011). Tauranga’s famous Aspen Tree (actually a Canadian Cottonwood) was located on the corner of Willow and McLean streets from c1865 until safety concerns and the tree’s declining health necessitated its removal in 2011. Legend told of the tree’s origins as being from a soldier who dismounted from his horse and pushed his switch into the fertile soil. However history tells that the tree originated as part of a shelter belt planted in the 1860s to shelter the gardens of the Church Missionary Society’s Maori Boys’ School that was part of the Mission Station. This piece of the Aspen was gifted to the library by the city arborist in 2011.
Surveyor's Letterbook (1866-1867). From the Tauranga Surveyors Office dated between 1866 and 1867 at a time when land in Tauranga Moana was being confiscated and divided for military settlement.
Loan and Mercantile Cattle Book (1905). Records the sales from the cattle yards in Judea in 1905.
Reverend James M McKerrow Illuminated Address (1877 & 1885). Reverend James K.. received this illuminated address...
Reverend James M McKerrow (11 November 1883) received this illuminated address in 1883.
Frank Sydenham Planting Register (1947-c1967). Arborist Frank Sydenham graduated from Massey Agricultural College in 1933 with a Masters degree. He served during World War II. When he died he left money to Tauranga to create the botanic gardens. Sydenham Botanic Park is located at 6 Millers Road, Brookfield. The 3 hectare property was left by the late Frank Sydenham for the purpose of being developed into a botanic park. This metal file records the plantings he did in the Tauranga area.
Tauranga South Women's Institute Banner. This silk banner is from the Tauranga South Women's Institue.
Ernest Bush Collection. Ernest Bush was a passionate historian and member of the Tauranga Historical Society.
Hi to Henry by Avis Akers. Avis Akers, author of Hutu and Kawa, retired to Tauranga. The owl illustration on this get well card was drawn by Avis and says Hi to Henry. It is signed, Love Bob & Avis.