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Cambridge Historical Society

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Every two months the Cambridge Historical Society sends its members a newsletter which features interesting articles on the history of Cambridge, local buildings, businesses and personalities. Here is a selection of these articles.

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A Commune in 1970s Cambridge

The Cambridge Christian Community In December 1976, a commune called the Cambridge Christian Community started in Cambridge.  It was in French Pass Road and, after falling on hard times, it received gifts, donations and pledges…


Te Ihingarangi – Part 2

Part 2 of a history of the Karapiro-Maungatautari area by Te Kaapo Clark and Lyn Tairi 1992.   To read Part 1, please click here. 1400 Ko Ngati Kahupungapunga “Tawhao, a descendant of Hoturoa who lived…


Gardener and Sons

Gardner & Sons were general merchants and importers who set up shop in Cambridge in the early 1900s. Their store was on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, where the Z petrol station is…


Simply Elegant Brides

The observant among you may have noticed this sign temporarily appearing next to Stirling Sports in Victoria Street. Simply Elegant Brides was a business run by Elisse Mills. She originally opened the Sewing and Button…


Te Ihingarangi – Chapter 1

Lyn Tairi and Te Kaapo Clark wrote a wonderful history of the Karapiro-Maungatautari area for the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand in 1992. We have permission to serialise it century by century in this and…


The 1915 Cambridge Fire Brigade Demonstration

At Easter 1915 the Cambridge Fire Brigade was proud to host a demonstration, where several events were contested for the honour of winning the Morrin Shield. The postcard/flyer was designed and sent out to fire…


Ivy Nicholl’s Family Memories in Cambridge during the 1890s

This article, written by Ivy Nicholls to the Cambridge Historical Society in 1964, is held in the Cambridge Museum collection, no. 1576/10.   Your letter re Cambridge Pioneers to hand. I do not know if…