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Charlie Smale and Florence Wright

Jan Kilham, a member of the Cambridge Historical Society, was inspired to share this touching story after reading about Dr Stapley in the Society’s newsletter of March 2022. I found the stories of the first…

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Glorious Glass

How many times have you touched glass today? It is everywhere. In walls, in kitchens and even on your phone. It is 100% recyclable and reusable. 2022 is the United Nations “International Year of Glass’…

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Te Ihingarangi – Part 9

Part 9 of a history of the Karapiro-Maungatautari area by Te Kaapo Clark and Lyn Tairi.  This chapter takes up the history after the Battle of Rangiriri and the imprisonment of Tioriori. 1800 KO NGĀTI…

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The First Cars of Cambridge – Part 2

The following is an abridged transcript of a talk given to the Cambridge Historical Society by Neville Souter, aged 70, in September 1969. His grandfather, Captain William Burns Souter founded the firm of W Souter…

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Postcards from the War

  During World War One, Keith, Harry and Kenneth Armer sent postcards to their loved ones back home. Silk embroidered postcards were popular at the time. They wrote about their lives as soldiers and imagined…

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How objects come into the Collection

Our Collection has been growing since the Cambridge Historical Society was established in 1956. It includes taonga Māori as well as heritage material related to Cambridge’s colonial period and beyond. The Museum archives contain examples…

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Te Ihingarangi – Part 8

Part 8 of a history of the Karapiro-Maungatautari area by Te Kaapo Clark and Lyn Tairi. Pictured above, Portrait of Tioriori, principal chief of Ngāti Koroki of Maungatautari, 1863.  Source: Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 661-24 …

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The First Cars of Cambridge

The following is an abridged transcript of a talk given to the Cambridge Historical Society by Neville Souter, aged 70, in September 1969.  His grandfather, Captain William Burns Souter founded the firm of W Souter…

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Te Ihingarangi – Part 7

Part 7 of a history of the Karapiro-Maungatautari area by Te Kaapo Clark and Lyn Tairi. 1800 KO NGATI RAUKAWA, NGATIKOROKI, NGATI WAIRERE, NGATI HAUA The Reverend Alfred Brown, from Tauranga, and James Hamlin were the…

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Swimming in Lake Te Koutu (now Te Koo Utu)

Waikato Times 26 February 1887 A large concourse of people met in the Cambridge Domain yesterday to witness the swimming races, organised by the headmaster, Mr Stewart and a committee of old boys.  The prizes…

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The Ballad of Robert Barlow

According to an entry in the Cambridge Police Charge Book, Robert Barlow, alias Tanete, was imprisoned at 4pm on 8 February 1871 “for stealing from a ‘whare’ at Maungatautari certain articles of clothing also a…

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FAQs – COVID 19 traffic light system

Updated 03/12/2021   Why have we made it mandatory to be fully vaccinated before visiting the Museum? The Cambridge Historical Society has decided that the best way to ensure the well-being of our community, our…

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Index of First Families by Ruth Wilkinson

First families of Cambridge 1864-1899 by Ruth Wilkinson is held at the Museum. Here is an index of the families included in this book. If you would like to visit the museum to look at…

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Family histories held at the Cambridge Museum

At least forty family histories are held in the Cambridge Museum collection. These are histories that have a Cambridge connection and these might be of interest for your research. If you would like to book…

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How are you? Kei te pehea koe?

Cambridge has a strong medical history. In the early 1900s, its warm and dry weather was considered healthy and was described as “one of the most healthful and life-giving in the whole of this wonderful…

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Firefighting in Cambridge

Fire! Fire! Fire! The formation of the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade Imagine battling fires with buckets and handheld fire grenades. That was the reality in Cambridge before the Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1904.…

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Rā Maumahara New Zealand Land Wars Commemorations

TE PŪTAKE O TE RIRI, HE RĀ MAUMAHARA   The flags lining Cambridge’s main streets mark a national day of remembrance – held on 28 October -when we to acknowledge the lives lost during the…

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Letter to Kenny from “Nui”

We do not have the full name of the writer of this excerpt from a letter to Kenny Wilkinson dated 27 May 1958.  “Nui” is talking about the Karapiro stream which runs under the Karapiro…

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Robert Boyce – Pharmacist

The Boyce family go back a long way in Cambridge.  Robert’s grandparents Charles and Sarah Boyce (pictured) arrived in Cambridge in 1874.  Charles worked as a cooper (barrel maker) for Hally’s Brewery, later setting up…

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The Datsuns

Can you believe that this Cambridge band has now been around for over 20 years?  This year they released their seventh album, reminding us why this band has survived for so long. They’ve been described…

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Hoses and Ladders

Play Hoses and Ladders with your friends and learn more about the history of Cambridge’s firefighters. All you need is between 2 and 4 player counters and dice. A printer-friendly version of Hoses and Ladders…

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Activity Sheet: Ngā manu Māori Native Birds

These ngā manu māori are on display in the Museum. Can you match the picture to their name? Download a printer-friendly version – including answers – here.

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Word Search: Cambridge Landmarks

Explore local landmarks in Cambridge and complete this word search. Download a printer-friendly version of the word search here.      

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Busy Lizzie Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to our Busy Lizzie research quiz. Download the quiz sheet here     CAMBRIDGE PEOPLE AND PLACE 30 minute activity 1902 Widow? They received a Civic Welcome and lunch at the…

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Quiz – Busy Lizzies

Use your research skills to answer these questions using the Museum’s website. Each question features a real life Elizabeth from Cambridge’s histories. Top tip: use quotation marks in the Search bar e.g. “Queen Elizabeth”. Download…

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Answers – Where there’s a Will

Here are the answers to our “Where there is a Will” quiz. Download the quiz sheet here>Where there’s a Will Quiz Sheet     CAMBRIDGE PEOPLE AND PLACE 30 minute activity Robert Morse and his…

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Quiz – Where there’s a Will

Use your research skills to answer these questions using the Museum’s website. Each question features a real life William from Cambridge’s histories. Top tip: use quotation marks in the Search bar e.g.“Willie Arakatera”. Download the…

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A brief history of photography in Cambridge

An 1882 advert for W H Neal, Photographer, opposite the Sale Yards Cambridge, says that one could see “The most artistic photos ever produced in the Waikato. Enlargements made from carte de visite or glass…

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Tower Lego Challenge: Build an Eiffel Tower at the Museum

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED   As part of our toys and taonga tākaro exhibition, and in partnership with the The Cambridge-Le Quesnoy Friendship Association, we are holding a lego challenge for children between 3…

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St Andrew’s Anglican Church Sesquicentennial Celebration

Come on in and take a look at our display celebrating the 150th Anniversary of St Andrew’s Church. It’s incredible to think it has been part of our town for over seven generations.

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Toys – Taonga tākaro

The games we play growing up are similar no matter in what time or place we live. These taonga tāka (toys) date from the early 1900s to the present day.   Can you spot the ones…

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Te Ihingarangi – Part 6

Part 6 of a history of the Karapiro-Maungatautari area by Te Kaapo Clark and Lyn Tairi. 1800 KO NGATI RAUKAWA, NGATIKOROKI, NGATI WAIRERE, NGATI HAUA While no Pākehā had set foot in the Maungatautari/ Karapiro region…

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Mrs Murphy at Court

In our last issue, we introduced you to Mary Teresa Murphy.  Mrs Murphy owned properties and businesses in central Cambridge, and often appeared before the courts – as either defendant, plaintiff, or sometimes both.  She…

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Te Ihingarangi – Part 5

1700 KO NGATI RAUKAWA During the 18th century the Maungatautari/Karapiro area was relatively peaceful and settled. Ngāti Raukawa dominated the Maungatautari slopes at the beginning of this period. One identifiable kainga of Ngāti Raukawa was Haowhenua…

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Mrs Murphy

Most of the Cambridge histories in Victorian times concern men – their business interests, leisure pursuits, transgressions and good works.  Victorian women, on the other hand, are difficult to research.  Their roles were largely seen…

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Daniel Murphy’s letter to William Morse

This letter was written in Liverpool on 18 February 1918.  The grammar and spelling are authentic, but I have added paragraphs for easier reading.  An article on Daniel Murphy  and Bill (William) Morse follows this…

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Te Ihingarangi – Part 4

1600 Ko Ngāti Raukawa Te Ihingarangi, grandson of Raukawa and Turongo, and son of Rereahu and Rangianewa, built a home above the Waikato River at Karapiro (now known as Te Tiki o Te Ihingarangi). He…

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Te Ihingarangi – Chapter 3

Part 3 of a history of the Karapiro-Maungatautari area by Te Kaapo Clark and Lyn Tairi for the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand in 1992. 1500 Ko Ngati Kahupungapunga “During this period Ngāti Kahupungapunga had…

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Te Miro – The Mill at Maungakawa

March 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of Te Miro School and District.  The Centennial celebrations planned in 2020 were delayed due to Covid-19.  Next month will see a rescheduled centenary event go ahead at last. …

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Soldiers at Te Waikato Sanatorium

If you wander around Hautapu Cemetery in Cambridge, you’ll see headstones showing the names of soldiers buried far from home.  This article explains why these soldiers, who survived the war, moved to Cambridge to battle…

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Changing the Landscape

Learn some of the rich histories of this area in the Waipā district, featuring taonga Māori and objects dating from the 1300s-1900s.  

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In-gallery Activities

Get more from your museum visit. Have fun with Scavenger Hunts and other in-gallery activities.   Activity Sheets Discover Māori taonga, historic collection items and much more as you explore our gallery. Fill out an…

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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…

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Te Ihingarangi – Chapter 2

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

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Gardner 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…

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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…

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Te Ihingarangi

Te Ihingarangi: a history of the Karapiro and Maungatautari area by Te Kaapo Clark and Lyn Tairi This timeline traces the whakapapa of the tangata whenua of Maungatautari. It is reproduced here with kind permission…

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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…

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Heritage Tour App

  Ever wondered why Cambridge looks the way it does? Once a frontier village, Cambridge has grown into a bustling town with many iconic buildings. Find out more about the people who shaped this urban…

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Discovery Heritage Trail

Introducing the Discovery Heritage Trail Challenge Cambridge Museum, in partnership with Waikato University, has developed a walking heritage tour of Cambridge’s most iconic buildings and spaces. Available on mobile, online, or as a brochure from…

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Dennis Davis – Builder

We have on display at the museum at present several good examples of Victorian woodworking tools, including planes and saws. These have been carefully cleaned and oiled by Committee member Bruce Dean, who has showcased…

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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…

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Quiz Time: Then and Now

Have fun with all the family with the Then and Now Quiz which focuses on everyday objects from Cambridge in the 1900s. Discover how people played music, kept in touch and much more as you…

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The Sample Rooms

The Sample Room Salon is well known in Cambridge for its hair and makeup services.  The business is named after the building it occupies in Lake Street (one down from the old National Hotel) which…

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Cambridge before the Fire Brigade

“With wooden buildings and little or no water, the destruction to property could be enormous in a town like Cambridge.  This is especially true in Duke Street, where stores and shops are close together,” prophesied…

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Cambridge in Lockdown

  Can you help? Cambridge Museum is seeking donations of items that reflect the ways COVID-19 has impacted and changed your lives in our area of Waipa. The pandemic has been a pivotal point in…

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Answers: Hidden Gem Quiz

Here are the answers to the Hidden Gem Quiz (Return to questions here) Download the Hidden Gems Answers   Silver Frank Brooks who was a lender of gold and silver, and a dealer in pounds shillings…

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Quiz: Hidden Gems

CAMBRIDGE PEOPLE AND PLACE 30 minute activity   We know that our Museum website is full of treasure. Now is your chance to uncover it! Find some jewels, precious metals and stones from Cambridge history.…

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Quiz: How well do you know Cambridge?

Kēmu uiui: He pēhea te kaha o tō mōhio ki Kemureti? PLACE AND ENVIRONMENT 10 minute activity Think you know Cambridge inside and out? You may call this town home, but how well do you…

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Cambridge 1900 – 1909

Dairy Industry Around Cambridge the large estates of Fen Court, Karapiro and Whitehall had been taken over by the government and cut up into smaller farms.  Now instead of one landowner Fencourt district had 37…

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Cambridge in the 1910s

Influenza Epidemic Peace celebrations were to be held on 14 November 1918 but as the main body of men came home, an influenza epidemic swept the world.  The celebrations, opening of the swimming baths and…

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Star Redoubt

Where was the Star Redoubt? Visit the Museum to see some of the artefacts found on the archaeological dig that took place on the site of the Star Redoubt.  Find its location. Complete the activity…

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Third Waikato Militia – A

Third Waikato Militia – A A ABRAHAM Thomas Robert ACHESON (ACHERON) Thomas ADAMS Charles ADAMS Robert Russell ADAMS Thomas ADAMS Thomas ADAMS William ADIE John ADIN Daniel Sampson AGNEW William AITKIN William ALEXANDER John ALEY…

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Third Waikato Militia – B

3rd Waikato Militia – B B BADLEY Robert Dawson BAGGS Thomas BAHRENBERG Henry BAILEY Ebenezer BAKER Charles BAKER George F BAKER Joseph BAKER (BECKER) Jacob BALDWIN Thomas BALL Richard BALLANTYNE Alexander BALLANTYNE Robert BALLARD Henry…

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Third Waikato Militia – C

3rd Waikato Militia – C C CADDIGAN Jeremiah CAHILL Edward CAHILL Philip CAHILL Matthew CAIN John CALDER Anderson (Andrew) (Charles) CALLAGHAN Daniel CALLAGHAN John CALLAGHAN John Patrick CAMERON Donald (Dougald) CAMERON John CAMPBELL Alexander CAMPBELL…

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Third Waikato Militia – D

3rd Waikato Militia – D D DALE William DALLAS George DALTON John D DANGERFIELD William DANIELS George DANN Jonathon DAVENPORT Charles Henry DAVIDSON Christopher DAVIDSON Robert DAVIDSON Robert DAVIES James DAVIS Charles DAVIS Edward DAVIS…

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Third Waikato Militia – E

3rd Waikato Militia – E E EAGAN Patrick EASTON Robert EASTWOOD James EATON George EATON Thomas EDEN George EDGAR William EDMONDS Thomas EDMONDS William EDWARDS Edward Robert EDWARDS George EDWARDS Roberts EIKE John ELDER Jonothan…

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Third Waikato Militia – F

3rd Waikato Militia – F F FAIRBURN Robert FALCONER David FARR Alfred Eliah (s) FARRILL James FAULT Thomas FE(A)THERSTON(E) Cuthbert FE(A)THERSTON(E) William FEE James FEEHAN Michael / Malachi FENNELL Patrick FENTON William Dart FERGUSON Nicholas…

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Third Waikato Militia – G

3rd Waikato Militia – G G GALBRAITH Andrew GALLAGHER Peter GALLOWAY William GALWAY ( GALLOWAY ) Theophilus GAMMON Edward GARBETT Joseph GARLAND Charles GARRETT William GASCOIGNE Frederick W J GATEHOUSE John GAY Arthur GAYMER Frederick…

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Third Waikato Militia – H

3rd Waikato Militia – H H HACKETT William HAGEN John HAINES Henry HAINES William HAINES (HARRIS) Thomas HAIR George HAIR Henry HALEY John HALIFAX Francis HALL Jeffrey HALL Robert HALL William HALL William HALLIDAY David…

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Third Waikato Militia – I & J

3rd Waikato Militia – I I IBBOTSON Henry Jonathon ILSLEY Thomas IRELAND Henry IVES William 3rd Waikato Militia – J J JACKSON Robert Cole JACKSON William George JAMES David JAMES Harewood JAMES Richard JAMES Robert…

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Third Waikato Militia – K

Third Waikato Militia – K K KAIN William KANE Francis KANE John KARL Joseph KEATING John KEEBLE Albert Henry KEEBLE Charles KELLY James KELLY James KELLY James KELLY John KELLY Patrick KELLY Patrick KELLY Patrick…

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Third Waikato Militia – L

Third Waikato Militia – L   L La MASURIER Philip LAFFIN John LAIRD Charles Walker LAKE Charles LAMB Edward LAMB George LAMB George LAMB James LAMB Joseph Richard LAMB William LAMBERT Edward LAMBOURNE (LAMBORD) John…

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Third Waikato Militia – M

Third Waikato Militia – M M MACKAY Alexander MACKAY Robert MACKIE David MacLEAN Chistopher Alaydon MACREADY Maxwell MADIGAN James MADIGAN John MAGILL Philip MAGUIRE Allan Noble MAGUIRE James MAIN John MAJOR Isaac MALCOLM Alexander MALLETT…

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Third Waikato Militia – Mc

Third Waikato Militia – Mc Mc MacCOLL C E S (Dugald Charles Edward S) MacINTOSH James McABB (McCABE) Charles Martin McARTHUR David McAULEY John McBRYDE John McCALLUM Duncan McCANN George McCANN Laurence McCARTHY John McCARTHY…

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Third Waikato Militia – N

Third Waikato Militia – N N NAGEL William NAGLE Dennis NASH William NAYLOR Joseph NAYLOR William NEAL(E) William NEIL James NEIL Robert NELSON Charles NELSON George Frederick NELSON James NELSON James NELSON Thomas NEVE Henry…

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Third Waikato Militia – O

Third Waikato Militia – O O OAKLEY Edward Arthur OAKLEY William O’BRIEN David O’BRIEN John O’BRIEN Laurence O’BRIEN Martin O’BRIEN William O’CARROLL Patrick J O’CONNOR Michael O’CONNOR Patrick O’DONNELL Bartholomew O’DONOGHUE Michael O’FLAHERTY Martin O’GRADY…

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Third Waikato Militia – P

Third Waikato Militia – P P PALMER Thomas PANTON Robert PARAVICINI Michael PARKER James PARKER Richard Pierce PARKHILL William Henry PARKHOUSE Richard PARSON John PARSON William PATERSON William PATOKY Francis PATTERSON Matthew PATTISON Frederick PAUL…

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Third Waikato Militia – Q & R

Third Waikato Militia – Q Q QUALMER Henry QUICK Edwin QUILTY Andrew QUINAN Patrick QUINLAN Andrew QUINN Michael QUINN Michael QUINN Thomas QUINT Henry QUINTON Joseph QUIRCK Philip Third Waikato Militia – R R RADCLIFFE…

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Third Waikato Militia – S

Third Waikato Militia – S S SALMON James SALT John SAM Seth SAMPSON Gerard SATCHELL William SAUNDERS Thomas SAUNDERS William Clapson SAUNDERS (SANDERS) John SAUNDERSON John SAVAGE Theobold SAVILLE Henry SAXTON Cornelius SCATCHERD James SCHAAF…

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Third Waikato Militia – TUV

Third Waikato Militia – T T TAGGARH (TAGGART) Andrew TAGGITT James TAIT James TANDOW Henry TARR William TARRANT James TARTE A Alexander TATE Wilhelm TATTERSALL G H TAYLOR Edmund TAYLOR George TAYLOR Henry TAYLOR Robert…

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Third Waikato Militia – WYX

Third Waikato Militia – W W WAINWRIGHT Charles WALDE Jacob WALKER Edward WALKER James WALKER John WALKER Joseph WALKER Robert WALKER Robert WALKER Robert WALKER Walter WALL James WALL Robert WALL William WALLACE Joseph WALLIS…

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Leamington Town Board Meeting 1910

A Lively Time at Leamington At the meeting of the Leamington Town Board on 5 February 1910, the clerk read the guarantee that had been given to the Board by Messrs F Mack, J T…

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Hewitt & Hunt – Criterion Hotel

From the book “Memories of Travel and Sport” by H Bullock-Webster  “Amongst very keen sportsmen of the very early days I must mention Ned Hewitt, mine host of the hotel in Cambridge, who was devoted…

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World War One Cannon

What has happened to the cannon that was a World War One trophy and sat next to the clock in the Jubilee Gardens? It was buried on the corner of Victoria Square. It was seen…

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Undertaking

More out of convenience than design, it was common for a carpenter or joiner to double as undertaker, having a wagon and the ability to construct a coffin. In early Cambridge Stephen Lodder, a carpenter…

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Death of a Little Girl – Elizabeth Diver

Elizabeth Diver was aged 4 years and 9 months when she died through eating poisonous tupaki berries. She was buried on her father’s section behind what is now the Central Court. A resumé of the…

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John Ferguson – Coach Builder

John Ferguson and Family John Ferguson was born in Glasgow in 1846 and lost his father early in life. He learnt the trade of a carpenter and in 1864 came to New Zealand with his…

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Hally Family

The Hally family came to New Zealand with a true pioneering spirit from Auchterarder Scotland in 1862 on the ship ‘Hanover‘. George, James, Jessie and John settled in Cambridge when they were all aged in…

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Tennis

In 1885 the first season of tennis was played on a court next to the old Courthouse. As recorded in the Waikato Times 14 May 1885 – ‘At the commencement of the season there was…

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Archaeology

Throughout the Cambridge district there are approximately 80 archaeological sites. There are pa, borrow pits, redoubts, flour mills, a mission station and a battle site. The New Zealand Archaeological Association Inc have listed these sites…

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Buckingham negatives

Reg Buckingham has made a huge contribution to the documentation of Cambridge history through his interest in photography. Not only has he taken topical photos of Cambridge people and organisations from 1960 to 1986 but…

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Negatives

The world’s first negative on paper was taken by Fox Talbot in August 1835. It was a view of a window at his home, Lacock Abbey, England. What an amazing window he opened. George Eastman…

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Arbor Day

A mention was made in 1905 that Arbor Day of late had been celebrated almost solely by Civil Servants and school children. It was claimed that the decline of Arbor Day was because the date…

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Armed Constabulary Act

1867 the Armed Constabulary Act was passed in New Zealand and the Waikato Militia disbanded. An Armed Constabulary Officer wore a peakless blue cloth cap with silver lace band 1¾” (45 mm) wide, a blue…

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Cambridge and Waikato Reed Band

“Minutes of a meeting held 16 May 1877 in the Orderly Room [of the Armed Constabulary redoubt] at Cambridge for the purpose of forming a band. Fourteen gentlemen were present. Proposed by Mr Brennan and…

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Bomb Shelter

A concrete ‘bunker’ halfway down the ‘Buckland Track‘ in the Cambridge Domain and a large depression in the ground behind the old railway station, are all that remain – other than the stories of the…

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Cambridge Bowling Club

The first game of bowls in Cambridge was probably played on Martin McDermott’s lawn in Queen Street in October 1898. In December 1899, the Domain Board gave the Club permission to play in the Domain…

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Brewery (Empire Street)

The brewery in Brewery (now Empire) Street provided a service to the district for many years producing vats of pure amber beer and cordial. In the 1940s it was suggested as an air raid shelter…

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Brider Paintings

Marianne Estelle BRIDER formerly THOMSON nee DAVIS Marianne Estelle was born in Bournemouth, England to James and Frances Anne Davis c1873 and came to New Zealand c1919. Marianne Estelle was the granddaughter of Rev Richard…

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Calverts Building

Samuel Howard was advertising his business ‘Cambridge House’ in Victoria Street, Cambridge in 1893. He advertised goods such as Men’s Colonial Tweed Suits for thirty shillings. Beaver Mole Trousers, 8s 9d. Fern Boots made specially…

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Bridges

Karapiro Creek Bridge The first Karapiro Creek Bridge, built by Mr Greville, was swept away in a flood in 1869. It was replaced in the same year by one built on a much higher level…

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Early Cambridge Businesses

Traders and missionaries were the first Europeans to venture into the Waikato in the 1850s. After Cambridge was established in July 1864 general stores were set up on both sides of the Waikato River to…

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Cambridge Club

In August 1906, a meeting of 20 gentlemen unanimously agreed that the forming of a social club should go ahead. This became the Cambridge Club with John Lundon as president, J A Hammond vice president,…

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Cambridge Domain Paths

On 15 June 1880 reserve lands in New Zealand were brought under the Public Domains Act 1860 and the first Cambridge Domain Board was appointed. The first meeting was held 3 July 1880 when Thos…

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Police: 1886 – 1930

The first European force policing the Cambridge area was the 3rd Regiment of the Waikato Militia under Colonel William Charles Lyon. On 10 October 1867 the Armed Constabulary Act was passed and the Waikato Militia…

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Camp Cambridge – How Cambridge began in 1864

On 13 July 1864 the site for the 3rd Waikato Militia, was chosen. ‘Camp Cambridge’ was named after the Duke of Cambridge, then Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces. It was on both sides of…

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Cambridge Cemetery

The first burial recorded on a headstone in the Cambridge cemetery, at Hautapu, is Dugald Charles Edward S MacColl who died 6 August 1866 and his wooden memorial can be seen beside the front gate.…

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Chronicles of Cambridge

Chronicles of Cambridge (author ‘Chicot’ 1885) Chapter I Now in the year of Our Lady Victoria, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, there was a city in the uttermost parts of the earth, the ancient…

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Chrysanthemum Society

This Society was started in 1891 by Thomas Wells and Martin McDermott, J R S Richardson, Mrs Willis, and Jos Chambers. More keen members joined – W F Buckland, Miss Ewen, the Misses Sharkey, G…

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Coaching Days

William Kennedy Carter had his stables on the block of land now occupied by Briscoes, bordered by Lake, Kirkwood and Brewery (Empire) Streets and the National Hotel. He came from Halifax, Canada and started his…

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Depression Days in the 1930s

Imagine you are back in the 1930’s depression. Your family is struggling on a farm on Buckland Road. Many neighbours are just walking off their farms. Aunty Ethel in Australia leaves you some money in…

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First Cambridge Borough Council

The Cambridge Borough Council came fighting and yelling into the world at their first meeting on 7 September 1886 – twenty two years after Cambridge was founded. (The first local body was the Cambridge North Highway…

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Leamington School

The school was opened 12 October 1880 with 46 pupils and Mr H Hyatt teacher. He was remembered 50 years later by Tom Hicks as … a unique teacher who did his best to set…

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Leamington Cemetery Monument

The following is inscribed on a Monument at the Leamington Cemetery. Maori War This memorial marks the last resting place of eleven men of the Colonial Forces who died during the Maori War, and whose…

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Looking for a Death in NZ

In the Cambridge Cemetery there are already thousands of potted family histories, a garden and an art gallery of headstones and statues. But the unmarked gaps between the headstones are the most tantalizing. The 3rd…

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Maungakawa

Maori history tells of a chief, Koroki from whom has descended the Ngatihaua tribe which subsequently occupied the Maungakawa hills and fought under Te Waharoa. Following a defeat of the Ngatihaua by the Arawa Tribe,…

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Motoring in Cambridge

The first motor car in Cambridge arrived in 1905 and was owned by Mr James Sinclair of the Masonic Hotel. It was a White Steam Car, and took an hour to raise sufficient steam to…

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Mystery Creek

By Bernard Johnson © ‘Mystery Creek’ is clearly a place with an intriguing past, and fortunately a classic local history source gives us the background to the name. In ‘Plough of the Pakeha’ (1975) Eric…

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The National Hotel

The National Hotel has always been a Landmark in Cambridge. In 1866 in the infant town of Cambridge, the Alpha (now National) was erected for Mr Robert Kirkwood – his name is perpetuated in a…

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Old Cambridge

(By K L Wilkinson, From ‘The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘Cambridge, my birth-place, still my home-town. This Jubilee time [Cambridge Borough Council 50 years Jubilee] naturally sets free a flood of reminiscences…

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Plunket

As reported in the Waikato Independent on 28 September 1917, ‘A large number of ladies (and several babies) assembled in the Council Chambers for the purpose of forming a sub-branch of the Hamilton centre of…

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Post Masters

When the 3rd Waikato Militia arrived in 1864 the Cambridge Post Office was one of 89 new offices established in the colony. The first Post Master – John Henry Wilkinson – was born in Middlewick,…

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Police Station

On 11 April 1882 the Waikato Times reported :- “The Government is contemplating the erection of a suitable Police Station at Cambridge. As there is no place at present for the convenience of the local…

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Cambridge Primary School

The Ten Star Redoubt (behind the present Museum) was home for the first school in Cambridge. In January 1865 the militiamen were allotted farms from confiscated land around the Cambridge district. Wives and children arrived…

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Pukekura Dairy Factory

‘Times were hard in 1880s. Beef, mutton and dairy produce all alike were difficult to dispose of at anything like remunerative prices. But there came to farm near Hamilton a Mr [David] Gemmell from California…

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Cambridge Railway & Kissing Gates

The Cambridge branch of the railway starts near Ruakura, and it was here that the first sod was ceremoniously turned on 6 May 1882. Good progress was made on the section between Ruakura and Matangi.…

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Rail Journey 1884

Excerpt from The Waikato Times 9 October 1884 ‘The Cambridge railway passes through one of the most forward and prosperous settlements in the North Island. Though the land in the immediate vicinity of the line…

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River Travel

The Invasion of the Waikato 1864. Excerpt from ‘Such Things Were’ by C W Vennell (1939) “Tamehana’s stronghold at Te Tiki o te Ihingarangi [Pukekura] was definitely threatened, and his watchers renewed their vigilance. On…

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Returned Services Association

The New Zealand Returned Soldiers’ Association was formed in 1916. Cambridge returned soldiers rallied each Anzac Day and attempted to form an Association. In 1920 the Government declared 25th April in each year, the anniversary…

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St Andrews Anglican Church & Bells

In July 1881, a month before St Andrews Anglican Church in Cambridge was dedicated, Ed Hewitt, the proprietor of the local Criterion Hotel, offered to buy a 16 cwt bell if the Vestry could see…

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Sanitary Inspection

Sanitary Inspection of Cambridge Borough covering Victoria and Empire Streets – 13 June 1921. “The triangle comprises a little more than two acres and is built over with shops along the Victoria Street side with…

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South African War Veterans

6,495 men from New Zealand went to the South African War 1899-1902. There were 228 New Zealand deaths – 59 killed in action, 11 died of wounds, 25 from accidents and 133 from disease. 166…

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Te Waikato Sanatorium

In September 1902 part of the Thornton’s Maungakawa Hill property was sold to the government for the sum of £4000 and they established the first open air sanatorium for Tuberculosus sufferers in New Zealand. The…

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Thornton Family

Ten thousand acres of land were leased and bought in 1868 by Daniel Bateman . He was visiting with his brother-in-law Josiah Firth of Matamata and had travelled by river to Cambridge. They continued on…

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Town Hall

Originally the area occupied by the present Town Hall was the sale yards – the centre of activity for Cambridge. A controversy arose when it was decided to move the yards out near the race…

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Waikato Farmers Club

The Waikato Farmers’ Club was formed 20 October 1875, to advance the development of agriculture and pastoral lands; for essays on agricultural subjects and discussions. It was a common meeting ground for ideas on farming…

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Waikato River Bridge

(From ‘The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘As told by Mr John Scott Fisher, the last man to cross over the old bridge built on the rocks was Jack Fitzgerald. He had come…

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The Game Farm

In July 1916 the Cambridge Domain Board informed the Acclimatisation Society that they were prepared to let them have what land they required on Carter’s Flat for a Game Farm, on a lease to suit.…

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Advertising

Anyone who has the opportunity to browse through old newspapers and magazines will know what fun it is to read the advertisements. Delving into history reveals that outdoor signs were the first forms of advertising…

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Worthy of an Ode

In October of 2006, the Cambridge Historical Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary and a poetry competition was held as part of the celebrations. Entrants’ original poems were to be based on the subject of Cambridge…

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Pioneers

In October of 2006, the Cambridge Historical Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary and a poetry competition was held as part of the celebrations. Entrants’ original poems were to be based on the subject of Cambridge…

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Our Town

In October of 2006, the Cambridge Historical Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary and a poetry competition was held as part of the celebrations. Entrants’ original poems were to be based on the subject of Cambridge…

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I Went to a Town

In October of 2006, the Cambridge Historical Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary and a poetry competition was held as part of the celebrations. Entrants’ original poems were to be based on the subject of Cambridge…

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C-A-M-B-R-I-D-G-E

In October of 2006, the Cambridge Historical Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary and a poetry competition was held as part of the celebrations. Entrants’ original poems were to be based on the subject of Cambridge…

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A Town United

In October of 2006, the Cambridge Historical Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary and a poetry competition was held as part of the celebrations. Entrants’ original poems were to be based on the subject of Cambridge…

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A Tale of Timothy Sullivan

In October of 2006, the Cambridge Historical Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary and a poetry competition was held as part of the celebrations. Entrants’ original poems were to be based on the subject of Cambridge…

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Working Bee

by ‘Backblocker’ – 23 March 1926 Oh, have you seen the workers At the corner of the street – With their picks, and forks, and shovels And their garden tools complete? It’s a sight that…

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Waikato River

by C W Clark – 28 September 1926 From Ruapehu’s snowy slopes A turgid torrent flows; But soon in spacious Taupo Lake It seeks a short repose. There fed by fellow streams and rills, Its…

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Ratepayer’s Lament and More Moans

Ratepayer’s Lament by William Street – 20 August 1954 The turf, it was piled by the old village clock. The grimy old clock. Slow-chiming old clock. A burial maybe; muckle gold in a sock? Oh…

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Our Fire

by ‘Unit E’ – 6 July, 1926 (Burning of the Farmer’s Auctioneering Co’s premises and the Central Hotel) At six o’clock on Thursday night, a copper off the beat, With thoughts of home, the wife…

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Old Buffers’ Match

by ‘Wayback’ – 19 June 1919 (Details of a Rugby match played as a patriotic fund raiser on Victoria Square) The day it was Wednesday the 18th June, The weather was fine at the wane…

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Ode to the Imitator

by G Kay Waikato Independent 26 April 1954 Of Leamington at last we’ve heard And though the poet is fluent of word, His verses do not rhyme too well This tendency goes to break the…

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Ode to the Imitations of Immortality

by M.S – 21 April 1954 (Leamington ) This other Leamington, this noble town, Set like a jewel in England’s farthest crown, Honours the many masters of the pen, By naming all her streets from…

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Kaimai Battle

by ‘Inky Finger’ – 6 November 1942 (Homeguard and Army Manoeuvres) At the finish of this war There’ll be wondrous tales in store For those who like the dinkum stuff Of soldiers who are brave…

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Hearts and Hearths Aglow

by A Grateful Pensioner – 14 July 1965 Winter is here with frosts that bite For hours, till sunshine drives them off. The winds too, pierce one left and right And raise the nasty, hacking…

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Furious Cambridge Flyer

by James Harvey – 6 September 1919 We’re off! Stand aside all ye loonies! Look out! Can’t yer see we’re agoin’? Standin’ there like ‘Gyptian mummies! Can’t yer ‘ear ‘er damn whistle blowin’? Clear the…

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For Sale: Ford Car

For Sale Ford Car 10 February 1923 One Ford Car with a piston ring, Two rear wheels, one front spring, Has no fenders, seat or plank, Burns much gas and hard to crank. Carburettor’s busted…

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Cricket Match at Oakleigh Farm

by C H Hargreaves – 2 December 1919 Just list’ to me, dear reader, I will tell to you in rhyme, Of a match we played at cricket, Where we had a bosker time. The…

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Cows, Cows, Cows

by C H Hargreaves – 14 August 1924 The cows are coming in again; We’re carting out the hay. All through the mud and rain and cold We’re toiling hard all day. The hungry calves…

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Christmas Love Rhymes

From Vandyke’s the Jeweller advertisement, 21 December 1905 Vandyke’s Rings engage the mind, And lead you to the altar shrine. Vandyke’s Brooches twine together Hearts that never after sever. Vandyke’s Bangles fain entangle Dainty wrists…

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C.H. Treadgold for Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!

This poem appeared as an advertisement in the 25 August 1906 issue of the Waikato Independent FLOWERS I have Adonis Flos, Balsam, Aster Betteridge’s Quilled, Anagallis, Bartonia Aurea, soon your garden will be filled; Canna,…

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The Charms of Cambridge

by G.M. Te Pahu – 13 November 1923 Exquisite and sweet, on an old rustic seat At the Domain, in Cambridge, at nine, Sat a young maid, in beauty arrayed – A picture – simply…

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Battle of the Range

by O’Murcadha – 10 August 1912 The New Zealand Mounted Rifles, camped at the Rifle Range, sent in their news item in verse. Staff-Sergeant-Major Coleman, the officer in command, Did rally on his warriors bold…

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An Appreciation of Cambridge

by C R Temperley Cambridge , 12 December 1912. An Appreciation of Cambridge As I wander through your valley, Many beauties rare to see, For dear old Cambridge is to me The prettiest spot I…

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A Parody

by E J A Ferguson, Cambridge, written in the context of the 1913 Watersider’s Strike From The Camp Gazette – 3 December 1913 Not understood, we move along asunder, Our paths grow wider as the…

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Other Cambridge Lodges

The Alpha Waikato Lodge, No. 449, I.C., Cambridge was opened on 15 December 1865, in a hotel later known as the Masonic Hotel, by dispensation by the Provincial Grand Master of New Zealand, I.C. This lodge lasted…

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Alpha-Waikato Lodge, No 449, I.C

On 15 December 1865, the Alpha Waikato Lodge No.449, I.C., Cambridge was opened in a hotel later known as the Masonic Hotel, by dispensation by the Provincial Grand Master of New Zealand, I.C. A booklet…

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Loyal Duke of Cambridge

The Loyal Duke of Cambridge Lodge opened its doors in Cambridge in April 1867. Fifteen members joined up on 28th May 1867 at a meeting in the Duke of Cambridge Hotel with William Henry Burbridge being the first Noble…

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Waikato Independent

Issues of the Waikato Independent for the period 1904- December 1949 are on Papers Past. You can contact us first to get a brief reference – issue date and page number – for your search.…

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Waikato Advocate

James Shiner Bond started the Waikato Advocate in 1895, but after six months he moved his plant to Hamilton and bought the Waikato Times. The Cambridge Museum holds copies of the Waikato Advocate for the…

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News and Theatre Courier Index of Advertisers

A free newspaper in B2 size, usually of eight pages, published by the Premier Printery, Cambridge, the News and Theatre Courier was run by V G Boulton from 1934 until he amalgamated with the Waikato…

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100 Years: 1912 Jan – Dec

January 1912 F J Marfell made an important announcement to buyers of building sections in Leamington. ‘Sunnyside Estate’, near the Domain, had been subdivided into large, roomy home sites, which were being offered to the…

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100 Years: 1911 Jan – Dec

January 1911 The theft of a five pound note from the residence of Mr Jas Dean of Leamington, was reported to the police. From a clue that was quickly followed by Constable McNamara, the identity…

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100 Years: 1910 Jan – Dec

January 1910 The sum of £1,000 granted by Mr Carnegie for the new library came to hand at the end of 1909. The Carnegie Library was opened to the public on 3 January 1910. The…

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100 Years: 1909 Jan – Dec

January 1909 A number of new books have been placed on the shelves of the local Library lately. The annual meeting of the Library subscribers will be held during the present month. The year’s operations…

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100 Years: 1908 Jan – Dec

January 1908 New Zealand’s population stood at nine hundred thousand. Tourists in Cambridge were loud in their praises of our picturesque little town. The chief suggestion made was that attention should be given to the…

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100 Years: 1907 Jan – Dec

January 1907 The New Year was quietly celebrated with the ringing of St Andrew’s bells and the town band playing at the fountain. Mr and Mrs Earl continued their annual custom and entertained members of…

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100 Years: 1906 Jan – Dec

January 1906 The Methodists had a Boxing Day picnic at Richard Reynolds, ‘Trecarne’ Pukekura; Presbyterians at Geo Watt’s, ‘Abergeldie’ Hautapu; Anglicans James Taylor’s, ‘Bardowie’ Hautapu. On New Year’s Eve the St Andrew’s bells rang out…

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100 Years: 1905 Jan – Dec

January 1905 “The old year did not pass out without a parting sob.” It rained for three days but many people were “promenading the principle thoroughfares” on New Year’s Eve. “When the hour of midnight…

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100 years: 1904 Nov – Dec

November 1904 On 15 November 1904 the first Waikato Independent rolled off the press. The Editorial stated, “It should be a means of materially assisting in the welfare and development of the town and furthering…

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Cambridge: 100 years ago

Cambridge 100 Years Ago are weekly potted notes of happenings in the town and districts, taken from the Waikato Independent newspapers which are held at the Cambridge Museum. 1904: November – December 1905: January –…

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A history of the Cambridge Edition

By Lesley Wyatt © If you find someone or something of interest in this history click here to contact us with as much relevant detail as possible. Our research fees are here. The Cambridge Edition…

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Bond’s Almanac 1912

Bond’s Almanac was published for the districts of Waikato, Te Kuiti, Te Aroha and adjacent settlements by Charles Frederick (Fred) Bond. Fred was born in Cambridge on 5 January 1884, son of James Shiner and…

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Goodwood School

In December 1900 the residents of the Fencourt Estate (which had been subdivided by the Government) petitioned the Auckland Education Board for a school to supply the needs of the new settlers. The reserved site was 3 acres…

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Hautapu District School

This alphabetical list of pupils shows enrolment dates pre 1908. This is consistent with NZ Society of Genealogists’ 100 years privacy rule. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   A ALLWILL…

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Pukerimu School

Within a decade of settlers taking up farmland in 1865, a school was needed. The residents offered to build a school at their own cost if the Auckland Education Board would provide a teacher and…

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Roto-o-rangi School

his alphabetical list of pupils shows enrollment dates prior to 1907. This is consistent with NZ Society of genealogists’ 100 years privacy rule. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. B…

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Taotaoroa Schools

In September 1885, two ‘half time’ schools sharing one teacher between them were opened in the district. Taotaoroa No 1 was near Buckland Road and Taotaoroa No 2 at Whitehall. At the end of 1892 No 2 School was closed. Then…

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Cambridge Primary School 1880/1

Cambridge Primary School Register Although the Cambridge Primary School started in 1866, the surviving pupils’ enrolment register seems to have started in 1881. This Index is of the pupils who were at the school at…

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Cambridge Primary School 1882

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1882     SCHOOL ENROLEMENT LIST TO COME Disclaimer: While all due care has been taken to verify information contained on this site, the Cambridge Museum…

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Cambridge Primary School 1883

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1883 A AIBELSON Sarah B BATES Henry BEER Enos BENSELEY Maggie BLACKWELL Alice BOWERS Arthur BRIGHT Edith BROCKLESBY William BROOM Harold BROWN Berry BROWN Gertrude BUCKLAND…

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Cambridge Primary School 1884

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1884 A ARAKATERA Willie ARMER Ernest B BARNABA James BEER Florence BROWN Ernest BROWN George BROWN Lilly BROWN William BURT Ella  Back C CAMERON Emily Gordon…

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Cambridge Primary School 1885

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1885 B BATES Ethel BLAIR Ernest BOYCE Charles BOYCE Ellen Elizabeth BROCKLESBY Ada BROWN William BRUNTON Herbert BULL Charles Benjamin BULL Frank BULL Leonard BULL Leslie…

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Cambridge Primary School 1886

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1886 A ADDISON Arthur ADDISON Bertie ADDISON Marion ADDISON Robert ARMER George B BATES Norman BOWLEY Florence BRENNAN Percy BRENNAN Christina BROCKLESBY Ada BROWN Florence BUCKLAND…

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Cambridge Primary School 1887

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1887 B BEER Blanche BEER Ernest BEER Florence BEER Leonard BOWLEY Tom BOYCE Arthur BROWN Bertie BROWNE David BROWNE John Spencer C CALVERT Joseph CAMERON Herbert…

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Cambridge Primary School 1888

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1888 A ANDERSON Murdoch B BATES Lizzie BOYD Blanche BREGMEN Emma C BRENNAN Christina BRENNAN Percy BROCKLESBY Fanny C CARNACHAN James CLIFDEN Nellie CLIFFEN Ellen COX…

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Cambridge Primary School 1889

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1889 A ARMER Frank ARNOLD Frederick B BATES Mary BOND Charles Frederick BOND Frances Hilda BOWLEY Florence BOYCE Thomas BROWN Florence  Back C CAMPBELL Helen COLLINS…

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Cambridge Primary School 1890

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1890 B BELL Arthur J BELL Edwin BELL Robert BOND Alfred James BOND Charles F BRACEWELL Eveline Amy BRACEWELL Joseph Philip BRACEWELL Maggie Ann BRACEWELL William…

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Cambridge Primary School 1891

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1891. A ARCHER Edith Mary B BAKER Ethel Mansfield BOND Francis C BRACEWELL William S S BRENNAN Frank BRENNAN Sidney BROOKES Jessie Jephet BROOKS J Frank…

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Cambridge Primary 1892

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1892 B BACH Leslie Harold BOX Josiah Joseph BOYCE Arthur Beaumont BOYCE Charles William BOYCE Ellen Elizabeth BOYCE Thomas Henry BOYD Thomas Neville C CLIFFEN Susannah…

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Cambridge Primary 1893

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1893 B BACH Leslie Harold BOX Josiah Joseph BOYCE Arthur Beaumont BOYCE Ellen Elizabeth BOYCE Charles William BOYCE Thomas Henry C CLEARY Maud Winifred CLIFFEN Susannah…

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Cambridge Primary 1894

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1894 A AMOS Catherine ARMER Sarah ATTY Gladys May Mary B BELL Eileen BOND Ruby Jane BOYCE Ada Violet BOYCE Mabel May BRENNAN Francis J BROWNE…

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Cambridge Primary 1895

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1895 B BLACK Jessie Elizabeth BLACKMAN Albert BLACKMAN Stanley BOYD Kenneth BRENNAN Leo James BRENNAN Percy BRENNAN Rita J BRENNAN Sidney C CLIFFEN Edwin George D…

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Cambridge Primary School 1896

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1896 A ARMER Mabel B BAXTER Raymond BELL Florence Beatrice BELL Lilian BOND Augustine BOND Henry BOYCE Letitia Linda BRINDLE Alica Jane BRINDLE Croasdella Mary BRINDLE…

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Cambridge Primary School 1897

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1897 A ANGUS Harold ATKINSON Alice ATKINSON Henry B BELL Ruby BELL Henry BLACKMAN Olive Frances BOYCE Arthur BOYCE Letitia L BRENNAN Leo James BRENNAN Rita…

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Cambridge Primary School 1898

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1898 A AGGERS Lily ALLPORT Harry B BANATYNE E Marion BANKS Nelson Buckland BELL Thomas Henry BETTLEY – May BLACK Janet Frances BOND Augustine BOND Francis…

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Cambridge Primary School 1899

Cambridge Primary School 1899 A ALLWILL John Roderick ALLWILL Stephen Seymour ANDERSON Kenneth McKennie ARNOLD Francis John ATKIN Elsie AYLWARD Lily Louisa B BARTLEY Ray BLACKMAN John BOND Alice BOND Francis C BOND Percy John…

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Cambridge Primary School 1900

Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1900. B BOYCE Alfred G BRINDLE William G BROCKLESBY Leslie C CARGO Alexander D CARGO James Roy CARGO Katie V CARGO Olive R CARR Colin Kennedy CHRISTIE Andrew CHRISTIE…

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Cambridge Primary School 1901

Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1901. A APPLEBY Frederick Stanley ARNOLD Dorothy ARNOLD Francis John ATKINSON Leslie ATKINSON Robert Laurence AYLWARD Lily B BARNETT Enid BARNETT Melville Charles Haszard BARNETT Morsed Simmons BEANGE Alexander…

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Cambridge Primary School 1902

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1902. A ABERCROMBIE Hazel ALLEN Elwyne ALLWILL Stephen ARMER Albert ARMER Mabel ARMER Olive ARMER Sarah ARNOLD Ivy May ATKINSON Cyril B BANCROFT Irene Mable BANKS…

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Cambridge Primary School 1903

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1903. A ALLWILL Albert Jared AMOS Philip ANDERSON Linda ANDERSON Norman ARNOLD Arthur ASHWIN Bernard ASHWIN Eric AYLWARD Kathleen AYLWARD Ruby AYLWARD Vivian B BAILEY Emily…

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Cambridge Primary School 1904

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1904. A ABERCROMBIE Kenneth Wm ADAMS Edwin AICKEN Dorothy ALDERTON Geo Ernest ALLEN Clifford ALLWILL Violet ASHWIN Raymond ATKINSON Alice B BAILEY Herbert BALDWIN Walter BARTLETT…

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Cambridge Primary School 1905

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1905. A ANDERSON George ATKINSON Bertie B BARTLETT Charles BARTLETT Edwin BEANGE Alex BECK Iva BECK Mabel BEUTH Dulcie L BLACKMAN Olive BLAKE Dorothy BOWLEY Eileen…

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Cambridge Primary School 1906

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1906. A ADAMS Archie ADAMS Arthur ADAMS John ADAMS William ALLEN Ethel Muriel ALLEN Olive ARMER Blossy ARMER Kathleen ARMER Lily B BEANGE Thomas BEUTH Sylvester…

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Cambridge Primary School 1907

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1907. A ANDERSON William B BOYCE Eric Nelson BRENDON Alan BROCKELSBY Arthur BROCKELSBY Ethel BROCKELSBY Joseph BROWN Winifred BRUNTON James BURRELL Vincent Geo BUTLER Joseph BUTLER…

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Cambridge Primary School 1908

These are the Cambridge Primary School’s New Enrolments for 1908. A ADAMS John B BAKER Muriel BARNES Daisy BARNES Sidney George BARNES Harvey Fred BEER Violet Annie BICKER Hilda BROCKELSBY Charles BROCKELSBY Iris BROWN William…

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Central Cambridge

View “Heritage Walk – Business Area” in a larger map. We recommend you view these Google maps in satellite or map mode to access information on the buildings or sites, and street view gives their…

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Cambridge Domain

View “Heritage Walks – Cambridge Domain” in a larger map. We recommend you view these Google maps in satellite or map mode to access information on the buildings or sites, and street view gives their…

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Churches

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Leamington

Leamington was called Cambridge West until 1907. Then, with a population of 500 it was released from the control of the Pukekura Road Board to be administered by its own Leamington Town Board. Leamington street…

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Waikato River

The Waikato River, flowing through Cambridge runs for 425 km from Tongariro north to the Waikato Heads and into the Tasman Sea. The first European river transport to Camp Cambridge in 1864 was a Paddle…

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Suburbs

View “Heritage Walk – Suburbs” in a larger map.  We recommend you view these Google maps in satellite or map mode to access information on the buildings or sites, and street view gives their location.…

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Roads – A, B, C, D

Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989 ASPIN ROAD John Aspin is the name on the farm, on the first known map of the Fencourt district, to which a road had been surveyed. He supplied…

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Roads – E, F, G

Personally Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989 FENCOURT ROAD (formerly HARBUTTS ROAD) This district was named after ‘Fen Court’, the name Every Maclean gave to his estate. These 7,047 acres were subdivided in 1900. Wilfred Harbutt was…

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Roads – H, I, J, K

Personally Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989   HAMILTON ROAD Interesting to note that on an early survey map this road was marked Bellair’s Road – after the surveyor. In 1868-70 the road was formed…

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Roads – L, M, N, O, P

Personally Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989   LANG ROAD This road was known as Lawrence Access Road as a Mr Lawrence had had a run-off property there. The Langs bought their farm c1930 and Russell and…

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Roads- Q, R, S

Personally Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989   RANSTEAD ROAD William Ranstead and his wife Margaret came to the district in 1903, farming first at Ohaupo then on 600 acres at Matangi. They had five sons…

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Roads – T, U, V

Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989 TAANE ROAD (DAY ROAD) This road was developed from a track to pa Taane that was lost through fire c1924. Until about 1930 the track was used through the…

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Roads – W, X, Y, Z

Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989   WATKINS ROAD Matthew Lewis Watkins arrived in New Zealand 1879 from Monmouthshire and became an early settler of Taranaki before moving to the Waikato. With his wife Mary and family…

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Fencourt

With the invasion of the Waikato by the British in 1863/64 Cambridge and districts were cut up to provide farms for the soldiers of the 3rd Waikato Militia. Under the Chief Surveyor, Charles Heaphy, there were at…

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Hautapu

Hautapu, Pukeroro, Bruntwood (From ‘The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘Closer settlement has proceeded apace in these districts during the past quarter of a century. The names that will always be linked are…

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Karapiro

Karapiro Settlement (From The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘It was in 1904 that the Gorton Estate of 8,000 acres was taken over by a syndicate and cut up for settlement. Among the…

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Leamington

Leamington (From ‘The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘The Leamington Town district has been equally as long established as Cambridge for in the Land War days the military was camped on both sides…

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Maungakawa

Maungakawa Settlement (From The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘In the eighteen sixties the Maungakawa Maori Settlement was one of the largest of its kind in the Waikato having a population of several…

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Ohaupo

The New Zealand Government offered Captain Martin Krippner a commission with the Waikato Militia and asked him to form a company out of his newly arrived countrymen. He recruited all the single men and five…

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Pukekura and Maungatautari

Pukekura and Maungatautari (From ‘The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘Time was when cultivation was chiefly limited to portions of Pukekura nearer Leamington, but as the years have passed the older residents have…

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Pukerimu – Kaipaki

Pukerimu – Kaipaki (From ‘The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘Pukerimu and Kaipaki can lay claim to be among the oldest settled portions of the Cambridge district. Following the cessation of active hostilities…

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Roto-o-rangi

The Roto-o-rangi district was once a lake and the name means ‘The Lake of Heaven’. When Europeans arrived in 1864 the area was drained and today it is rolling farmlands. The last death relevant to…

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Taotaoroa District

Taotaoroa (From The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘Born in the Taotaoroa district, as the son of one of the original settlers, Mr Bruce has many vivid personal recollections of the early days.…

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Te Miro

In 1916 the Government purchased James Taylor’s 12,000 acre Te Miro property for soldier settlement. Except for 2,000 acres of run-down pasture on the top terrace, known as ‘the old race course’, the block was…

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Whitehall

Whitehall’s Beginnings (From ‘The News and Theatre Courier’ 12 August 1936) ‘About the year 1876 Mr George Giles, father of Harry Giles of Monavale, took up a section near the Maori Settlement. He built a…

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Cambridge Cemetery at Hautapu – Pre 1910 Burials

It has been said that the swampy ground was so bad along Victoria Road, that the dray used for funerals had to go out the Hamilton Road and double back to the cemetery at Hautapu.…

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Cambridge Cemetery at Hautapu – Pre 1910 Headstones

In the Cambridge Cemetery there are thousands of potted family histories, an art gallery, a garden. The original cemetery map was destroyed on 23 July 1900 when the Cambridge Borough Council offices burnt down and…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – A Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – B Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – C Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – D Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – E Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – F Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – G Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – H Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – I Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – J Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – K Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – L Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – M Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – N Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – O Surnames

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – P Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – Q Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – R Surnames

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – S Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – T Surnames

If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of…

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – V Surnames

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – W Surnames

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Cambridge Cemetery Burial Register 1910-1939 – Y Surnames

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Leamington Cemetery

Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries, including Hautapu, and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of deceased friends and relatives in Waipa cemeteries. Other than the…

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Ohaupo Cemetery

Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries, including Ohaupo, and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of deceased friends and relatives in Waipa cemeteries. If you find…

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Pukerimu Cemetery – Pre 1981

Waipa District Council administers and manages 10 Lawn Cemeteries, including Hautapu, and now has an online cemetery database to assist people searching for plot locations of deceased friends and relatives in Waipa cemeteries. Five acres had…

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Tamahere Cemetery

The site for St Stephen’s church at Tamahere was a gift from John Martyn junior and the foundation stone was laid 18 September 1882. John Martyn was the first to be buried in the grounds 11 September…

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Cambridge in the 1920s

The Children’s Playground in the Cambridge Domain was established in 1919 on the site of a former stop over pa used by the Maori on their way from Pirongia to Maungakawa. King Tawhaio called Lake…

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Cambridge 1930s – Depression & Recovery

The Plunket Society had been in Cambridge since 28 September 1917. The Independent reported – “A large number of ladies (and several babies) assembled in the Council Chamber”. They formed a sub branch of the…

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Cambridge in the 1940s

In February 1940 Cabinet approved the building of Karapiro Dam for a Hydro Power Station. Heavy machinery was introduced and by October foundation work had started. By November there were 230 men employed and living…

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Cambridge in the 1950s

The Golf Club arranged to buy 130 acres on SH1 from the Defence Department in 1950 for £2,475. Plans then got under way to turn the course around to fit in with a new clubhouse…

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Cambridge in the 1960s

The 1960s were all go. The babies who were born after World War Two were now having their own babies. The Maternity Home on the corner of Hall and Taylor Streets was opened and the…

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Cambridge in the 1970s

1970 saw the average weekly earnings rise to $45. Ten years before the average wage was $27.99c. Cambridge Borough Council introduced bi-monthly payments for rates. A farmlet of 9 acres with a three bedroom house…

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Cambridge in the 1980s

1980 saw Mark Todd win the Badminton Whitbread Trophy in the cross country horse jumping event in England. Throughout the 1980’s further wins included Olympic gold and Top Sportsman of the Year. By 1999 Todd…

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Cambridge in the 1990s

1990 marked 150 years since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi. The Cambridge Electric Power Board turned 70 years old at the beginning of 1990 and by the end…

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Cambridge 2010 to 2019

To be updated.  

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A List Historic Buildings

The Cambridge Historic Buildings appearing on the ‘A’ List are set out here alphabetically and the bracketed numbers relate to their position in the Waipa District Council Plan – Appendix 10. Researched and written by…

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B List Historic Buildings

In 1997 Dinah Holman was commissioned to survey the Waikato District’s European Historic Places. Her report suggested further buildings, which add to the character of Cambridge, and these were made into a ‘B’ List by…

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Cambridge Pioneering Women

Pioneering for women (in the colonial sense) has only recently been addressed – possibly from the insurgence of family history research. Our Cambridge women were doing their bit to colonise their new home and as…

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Pioneer Farmers Wives

Farmers Wives – Conditions of Twenty Years Ago (Published in the Waikato Independent in 1919) ‘Take the isolated existence of the average farmer and his family, who have been compelled to work long hours almost…

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Returned Service Women

At a meeting in Cambridge to form a branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association in 1917, there were 4 women on the promotion committee. Women already working for various patriotic groups could be Honorary Members…

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Cambridge Women on 1893 Electoral Roll

New Zealand was the first self-governing country in history to give women the vote. This was achieved only after a determined campaign which brought together women from all walks of life around the country in…

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World War One Nurses

(From the book ‘Cambridge WW1 – Something to Remember’ by Eris Parker ©) Five Nurses left from the Cambridge district to serve overseas during World War One. They were accepted provided they were available for…

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Women’s Suffrage in Cambridge

Pioneering for women (in the colonial sense) has only recently been addressed – possibly from the insurgence of family history research. Our Cambridge women were doing their bit to colonise their new home and as…

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Women’s Suffrage

The following is the script researched and written by Eris Parker, and used for the Cambridge Suffrage Documentary Video, which was made in 1993 to help celebrate New Zealand’s Women’s Suffrage Centennial.  Click on this…

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Rate Payers 1900

A ADAMS James ALFORD S Mrs Alpha Masonic Lodge AMONDOLINI Revd Father ARMER Henry ARNOLD Charles W ARNOLD John ATKINSON Henry AVENAL William   B BADHAM Henrietta BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New Zealand BEGG Mary…

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Rate Payers 1901

A ADAMS James ALFORD S Mrs Alpha Masonic Lodge AMONDOLINI Revd Father ARMER Henry ARNOLD Charles W ARNOLD John ATKINSON Henry AVENAL William B BADHAM Henrietta BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New Zealand BEGG Mary Mrs…

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Rate Payers 1902

A ADAMS James ALFORD S Mrs Alpha Masonic Lodge ARNOLD Charles W ARNOLD John ATKINSON Henry AVENAL William   B BADHAM Henrietta BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New South Wales Bank of New Zealand BEGG Mrs…

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Rate Payers 1903

A ADAMS Samuel ALFORD S Mrs Alpha Masonic Lodge ARNOLD Chas Wm ARNOLD John ATKINSON Henry AVENAL William B BADHAM Henrietta BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New South Wales Bank of New Zealand BEGG Mary Mrs…

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Rate Payers 1904

A ADAMS Samuel ALFORD S Mrs Alpha Masonic Lodge ARNOLD Chas Wm ARNOLD John ATKINSON Henry AVENAL William   B BADHAM Henrietta BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New South Wales Bank of New Zealand BEGG Mary…

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Rate Payers 1905

A ADAMS A ADAMS James ALFORD S Mrs Alpha Masonic Lodge ARNOLD Charles Wm ASHWIN M J ATKINSON Henry   B BADHAM Henrietta BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New South Wales Bank of New Zealand BARNETT…

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Rate Payers 1906

A ADAMS Arthur ADAMS Samuel ALFORD S Mrs ALLWILL Jared Alpha Masonic Lodge AMOS Hector ARNOLD Chas Wm ARNOLD John ATKINSON Henry   B BADHAM Henrietta BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New South Wales Bank of…

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Rate Payers 1907

A ADAMS Arthur ADAMS Samuel Alpha Masonic Lodge AMOS Hector ARNOLD Chas Wm ARNOLD John ASHWIN Manley J   B BALDWIN Samuel Bank New Zealand BARNETT Fredrick Chas BELL Henry BELL Henry Alan BLACK Fanny…

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Rate Payers 1908

A ADAMS Arthur ADAMS Samuel Alpha Masonic Lodge AMOS Hector ARMER Mary Jane Mrs ARNOLD Maria ASHWIN Manley J ATKINSON Ellen Mrs Auckland Education Board   B BALDWIN Charlotte Mrs BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New…

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Rate Payers 1909

A ADAMS Arthur ADAMS Samuel Alpha Masonic Lodge AMOS Hector ARMER Mary Jane Mrs ARNOLD Maria ATKINSON Ellen Mrs Auckland Education Board   B BALDWIN Charlotte Mrs BALDWIN Samuel Bank of New South Wales Bank…

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Rate Payers 1910

A ADAMS Arthur ADAMS Samuel AMOS Hector ARMER Mary Jane Mrs ARNOLD Maria ASHWIN Manley Jno ATKINSON Ellen Mrs AVENELL Martha Mrs   B BALDWIN Charlotte Mrs Bank of New South Wales Bank of New…

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Rate Payers 1911

A ADAMS Samuel Alpha Masonic Lodge AMOS Hector ARMER Mary Jane Mrs ARNOLD Maria ASHWIN Manley Jno ATKINSON Ellen Mrs AVENELL Martha Mrs   B Bank of New South Wales Bank of New Zealand BARKER…

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Rate Payers 1912

A ADAMS James ADAMS Samuel ALLEY George Alpha Masonic Lodge ANDERSON Murdoch G ARNOLD Maria ASHER James Parker ASHWIN Manley Jno ATKINSON Ellen AVENELL Martha   B BAKEWELL S A Bank of New South Wales…

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Rate Payers 1913

A ADAMS James ADAMS Samuel ALLEY George Alpha Masonic Lodge ANDERSON Murdoch G ANDREWS C M M ARNOLD Margaret ARNOLD Maria Mrs ASHWIN Manley Jno ATKINSON Ellen Mrs AVENELL Martha Mrs B BAKEWELL S A…

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Rate Payers 1914

A ADAMS James ADAMS Samuel ANDERSON Murdoch George ANDREWS C M ARNOLD Margaret ASHER James Parker ASHWIN Manley Jno ATKINSON Henry AVENELL Martha Mrs AVENELL William   B BAKEWELL S A BARKER Evelyn Lillian Mrs…

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Rate Payers 1915

A ADAMS James ADAMS Samuel Alpha Masonic Lodge ANDERSON Murdoch George ANDREWS C M Mrs ARNOLD Margaret ASHER James Parker ASHWIN Manley Jno ATKINSON Henry AVENELL William B BAKEWELL Susan Anne BARKER Evelyn Lillian Mrs…

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Individuals – A – Allwill & Arnold

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Jared Allwill Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers Charles William Arnold

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Individuals – B – Beer, Bell, Bridgeman, Burns

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   BEANGE Wedding Group Marriage of William Crook and Grace Beer George Bell…

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Individuals – C – Calvert, Campbell, Clare, Crook

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   Mr George Calvert Cambridge Borough Council 1936 CAMERON James Palmer Campbell Officer…

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Individuals – D – Davies

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   James Davies DEVERELL DODD DOWNEY DUNNING DYER

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Individuals – F – Ferguson, Fisher, Fitzgerald, Fraser

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. FEISST John Ferguson Borough Councillor FERGUSSON FIRTH John Fisher Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers Robert…

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Individuals – G

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. F N George Officer 3rd Waikato Militia   GLEESON GRACE GRAHAM A K…

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Individuals – H & J – Hally, Hewitt, Howie

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. HALL R H George Hally Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers James Hally Cambridge Borough Councillor John Hally…

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Individuals – K – Kerr, Kirkwood, Krippner

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   KARAKI FAMILY KELLY Henry Kerr KEYTE KING KINGDON Robert Kirkwood Cambridge Cavalry…

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Individuals – L – Lewis, Lyon

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   Leamington Hockey Team – 1911 Back: R Hill, T Hicks, Tony Cox,…

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Individuals – M & N –

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   MACK MACKIE MAIR MANDER MARFELL MARTYN MASTERS Martin Phillip McDermott McDONALD McGILP…

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Individuals – O – Owen

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. O’BRIEN Thomas O’REGAN Kath OATEN Harry Travers Owen 3rd Waikato Militia OWENS

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Individuals – P & Q – Parker

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   Richard Parker Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers QUALTROUGH

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Individuals – R – Reynolds, Rickards, Runciman

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. RANSTEAD Henry Reynolds & Elizabeth Reynolds (nee Chidley)      Richard Reynolds Willam…

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Individuals – S – SAM, SHARP, SOUTER, SWAYNE

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us. Dr Seth Sam SCOTT SEABROOKE SEDDON Stella SELBY Arthur   John Sharp Nurseryman…

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Individuals – T, U, V – Tamihana, Tawhaio

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   Wiremu Tamihana King Tawhaio TE TUHI Patara THOMPSON Dinah THORPE Herbert THWAITES…

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Individuals – W – Walker, Watt, Willis, Wilson

Photographs of individuals contained within the Cambridge Museum photograph collection. If you find something of interest please click here to contact us.   WADDINGTON Dr E B Walker  WALKER FAMILY WALLACE Col Tom WALLACE Ken…

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World War One – Cambridge Roll of Honour

In 2000 Eris Parker published a book called ‘Cambridge World War One – Something to Remember’ ©. In the foreword she said – “I, like most New Zealanders, feel that Anzac Day is special.  A day to…

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World War One – Cambridge Supplementary Roll of Honour

For soldiers who had associations with Cambridge but are not included on the Cambridge Cenotaph A 9/1522 Corporal Philip Amos M.M. Brother of Mrs Frances Jamieson Age 27 Wellington Infantry Regiment Killed in Action 7…

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World War One – Te Miro Soldier Settlement

In 1916 the Government purchased James Taylor’s 1,200 acre Te Miro property for soldier settlement. Except for 2,000 acres of run-down pasture on the top terrace, known as ‘the old race course’, the block was…

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World War One – Departure of First Five Soldiers

The first five Cambridge men to leave for training for World War One were Tom Phillips, Robert Ferguson, Alf Swayne, Fabian Sperry and Jim Watson. They were all members of the Waikato Mounted Rifles.  …

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World War One – St Andrews Church Military Memorial Windows

St Andrews Anglican church World War One memorial windows were unveiled on 11 December 1923 (the same day as the cenotaph in Jubilee Gardens). Lord Jellicoe addressed the gathering and the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop…

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World War Two – Roll of Honour

The book ‘Cambridge R.S.A’ was published in 1997 by Eris Parker. It starts at Anzac Day 1916, follows the formation of the Association, its welfare work, through World War Two and records memories of some returned soldiers.…

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World War Two – Stories

Soldiers’ Stories Cliff Beech (Regt No. 46691) age 37 was a farmer on Buckland Road when his married brother Rex took over his farm. He joined the 7th Reinforcements in September 1941 and went to Trentham…

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Cambridge in World War Two

  As soon as the second World War was announced in September 1939 Cambridge people moved into action. The Patriotic Council regulated all collections of money and goods and Cambridge was asked to provide 56…

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World War Two – The Men and Women We Honour

This list of ‘The Men, and Women, We Honour’, together with messages ‘To the Men who are away’ have been taken from the booklet ‘Cambridge Sends You Greetings’ published in 1940. The First Echelon 18th…

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Waikato Mounted Rifles

The Cambridge No 3 Company was formed in 1897 – 15 years after the disbanding of the Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers. Up to 26 August 1899 the enrolments in the Waikato Mounted Rifles totalled 70. Many of these keen…

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South Africa War

Corporal John Matson, age 23 years and 5 months, and Private Ernest James Ralph Smith age 26 of the Cambridge Troop (No. 3 Waikato Mounted Rifles) went to the South Africa War in the first contingent. They were both first class shots.…

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Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers

His Excellency Governor Bowen accepted the services of 34 Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers on 13 January 1872. Captain Runciman wrote to Major Jackson (the Senior Cavalry Officer at Te Awamutu) requesting that the Cambridge Corps be given the same privileges…

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Armed Constabulary in Cambridge

On 10 October 1867 the Armed Constabulary Act was passed and the Waikato Militia disbanded. Lieutenant-Colonel William Moule raised two divisions of Armed Constabulary and commanded one himself (No. 4 division) with Headquarters in Cambridge. The other (No. 5…

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Third Waikato Militia

The first Europeans to settle in the Cambridge area were the 3rd Regiment of the Waikato Militia, during the New Zealand Land Wars of 1860-1866. More and more immigrants were arriving wanting land to farm but…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘A’ Surnames

Here is a list of all the historic residents whose surnames start with the letter A.  ALLEN, ARNOLD & AITKEN are just some of those surnames whose living legacy still reside in our beautiful town.  All…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘B’ Surnames

This is a list of our historic residents whose surnames start with the letter B.  BAILEY, BARTLETT, BEERE & BRIDGEMAN are just some of those surnames whose living legacy still reside in our beautiful town.  All these residents are…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘C’ Surnames

CLARE, COLLINS, COWLEY, CRICKET,  CUMMINGS & CUBIS.  This is a list of our historic residents whose surnames start with the letter C.   CALEY Daniel Dan arrived in New Zealand with his parents in 1859 on…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘D’ Surnames

DAVIDSON, DAVIES, DODDS &  DWYER are just some of the historic residents whose family name starts with the letter D.  All these residents are founders of our town.   DAVIDSON Robert Robert was born in Scotland in…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘E’ Surnames

This is a list of our historic residents whose surnames start with the letter E.  EDWARDS, ELLIOTT & EVANS are just some of those surnames whose living legacy still reside in our beautiful town.  All these residents are founders…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘F’ Surnames

FISHER, FITZGERALD, FORKERT & FORSYTH are just some of those historic Cambridge residents who helped found our beautiful town.  A full list of F surnames is below:   FARR Alfred Eliah(s) Alf was born about…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘G’ Surnames

GEORGE, GOODWIN, & GRAHAM are just some of those surnames whose living legacy still reside in our beautiful town.  All these residents are founders of our town.  Below is a list of our historic residents whose surnames start with the…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘H’ Surnames

HALL, HALLY, HANNON, HOGAN & HOUGHTON, this is a list of our historic residents whose surnames start with the letter H.   HALL Jeffrey On the Cambridge rates assessment list for 1869-70 Jeff paid 2 pence an…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘I’ Surnames

INNES & ISHERWOOD – A waggoner and a photographer – both these historic residents are founders of our town. Here are their stories.   INNES Charles Robert Charles was born about 1866 and a waggoner when…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘J’ Surnames

This is a list of our historic residents whose surnames start with the letter J.  JAMES Billy T, JEFFRIES & JONES are just some of those memorable surnames whose living legacy still reside in our beautiful town.  …

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘K’ Surnames

KEELEY, KELLY, KERR & KITE are just some of those iconic surnames whose living legacy and landmarks are still a part of our town. KARL Joseph Joseph was born 1826 in Auherzen, Bohemia. He was a…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘L’ Surnames

This is a list of our historic residents whose surnames start with the letter L.  LAMB,  LANG, LEE & LEWIS are just some of those family names whose living legacy still reside in our beautiful town.  All these residents are…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘M’ Surnames

McCARTHY, McDERMOTT, McLEAN & McLENNAN are just some of the familiar family names whose living legacy still is alive in Cambridge.  Below is the full list of those that help found our beautiful town. MC McCABE Charles…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘N’ Surnames

NEAL,  NEWALL, & NICKLE are just some of the family names on this list of those that help found Cambridge Town .  This is a list of our historic residents, whose surnames start with the letter…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘O’ Surnames

O’BRIEN, O’NEIL & ORUM are just a few of the family names whose living legacy still reside in our beautiful town. O’BRIEN Charles Charles was a son of Laurence and Mary O’Brien, born at Howick…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘P’ Surnames

This is a list of our historic residents whose surnames start with the letter P.  PAGE, PARKER, PARR & PETERS are just some of those surnames whose living legacies still reside in our beautiful town.  All…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘Q’ Surnames

QUALMER Henry Henry was born 1838 in Rinsburg, Holstein, Germany. He was a carpenter, 5′ 7½” tall, when he enlisted in the 3rd Waikato Militia, 22 September 1863 in Auckland. He was a Private, Regiment…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘R’ Surnames

RANDERSON William Henry William joined the Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers in 1872 and served until 1879. He joined the Cambridge and Waikato Reed Band in 1877 and the next year he married Emily Bartlett at the…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘S’ Surnames

SCOTT, SHAW, STEWART & SWAYNE – all these residents are founders of our town, all with land marks and streets around Cambridge named after them.  Find there stories here in the list below of our historic residents, who’s…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘T’ Surnames

This is a list of our historic residents, who’s surnames start with the letter T.  TAYLOR, THOMAS, THORNTON & TUCKER are just some of those Surnames who’s living legacy still reside in our beautiful town. TAYLOR…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘V’ Surnames

VINCENT, VOGEL & VOSPER.  This is a list of our historic residents, who’s surnames start with the letter V. VANES Thomas Thomas Vanes was born on 12 July 1872 and he joined the Duke of Cambridge…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘W’ Surnames

This is a list of our historic residents, who’s surnames start with the letter W.  Some of the Surnames on the list like – WALTON, WEBB, WILSON, WRIGHT & WRIGLEY – living legacy still reside in…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘Y’ Surnames

YOUNG James James was born in Dundonald, Ireland on 20 March 1836, where he was later apprenticed to a blacksmith and wheelwright. He arrived in New Zealand on the ‘Northern Bride‘ in 1860. He served in…

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Historic Cambridge residents with ‘Z’ Surnames

ZYLSTRA John John was born 1828 in Holland. He was a miner and 5′ 9½” tall when he enlisted in the 3rd Waikato Militia on 8 December 1863 in Dunedin. He was a Private, Regiment…

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Unidentified Object

Donated by Margaret Scrivener Accession No. 3138/11 From the estate of Miss Annie McNaughten, the donor’s aunt. Periodically we are presented with examples of unknown or forgotten technology and here is one of those. Made…

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Trench Art

Donated by Mrs E Hardy Accession No.224 Here we have an example of Trench Art from the First World War, created by Jack Young. Made from an 18 pounder shell cut and engraved to look…

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Tobacco Press and Cutter

Tobacco Press donated by R Irvine Accession No. 268 Tobacco Cutter donated by Mrs Mary Whewell Accession No. 241 In the late 19th century, there was no tobacco-growing industry in New Zealand. It was all…

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Sewing Machine

One of the earliest sewing machines in the Waikato. Originally the property of Mary McMillan.

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Scissors

Various Donors In our collection are several pairs of scissors for different specialised uses. These three examples are, from left to right – A pair of buttonhole scissors fitted with a swing out gauge between…

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School Sewing

Donated by Miss Clare Wallis Accession No. 10799 Even after the advent of the sewing machine, girls learned at an early age to do fine hand sewing for making clothes. Here is a sampler of…

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Royal Memorabilia

Our Cambridge Collection has Royal memorabilia going back to 1837 including a Queen Victoria Coronation Souvenir Pin Cushion and a Buzzy Bee to remind us of the young Prince William’s visit to New Zealand with…

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Printing Press and Te Paki o Matariki newspaper

Donated by the Muirhead Family Accession No.s 129 and 1155 This printing press was discovered and salvaged from a swamp on the Muirhead’s farm at Te Miro in 1958. Made in the USA by Kelsey…

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Pocket Knife

Donated by Miss Annie Arnold Accession No. 52 This knife was given by Tim Sullivan to Mr John Arnold. Shortly afterwards Sullivan was killed by the Maori’s at Roto-o-Rangi, 24 April 1873.

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Pestle and Mortar

Donated by Mrs H Griffiths Accession No. 51 Cast iron mortar and pestle, used for grinding solids into powder.

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Ostrich Feather Christmas Tree

Donated by Mrs Olive Harman Accession No. 2343/1 An artificial Christmas tree, manufactured in the US Zone of post-World War II Germany. The bendable wire branches are each tipped with a red berry and wrapped…

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Bathing Fashion of the 1920s

Ladies one-piece bathing costume. Made of blue cotton knit fabric with yellow band trim on all edges, it is buttoned on one shoulder, has short legs and a skirt overlay.

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Lamson Rapid Wire Cash Railway System

Donated by Vaughan Clements Accession No. 2920 In the Museum is a part of the Lamson Rapid Wire cash railway system used in George Calvert’s & Co Ltd department store until 1985 when the store…

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The Hicks Tea Pot

Donated by Frances Grace Claridge nee Hicks Accession No. 184 This teapot, seen in a shop window advertising tea, was bought in Yorkshire by John and Margaret Allan. The Allans were from Scotland and left…

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Grindstone

Donated by Mrs Eileen Hounslow nee Chitty Accession No. 131 Grindstones were used for sharpening knives, axes and other tools. Purchased in 1867, this grindstone’s original owner was Sgt. Charles Chitty of the 3rd Waikato…

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Hally’s Flour Mill Grindstone

Restored for the people of Cambridge by Mr Bob Porter This millstone is one of several made for Hally Bros Flour Mill. It is burstone and was quarried and shaped in France. The mill was…

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Eugene Permanent Wave Machine

donated by Eleanor Buttimore This early Eugene permanent wave machine was used in Buttimore’s Hair Salon, Victoria Street, Cambridge – proprietors Eddie and Eleanor Buttimore.

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Charcoal-Burning Iron

Donated by Gladys Robinson Accession No. 803/1 At the Cambridge Museum we have many examples of old style irons. This item is a cast iron Hot Box 7 lb (3.2 kgs) iron with chimney, which…

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1920s Dolls

Donated by the McCrae Family Accession No. 1930/40 Christmas has come for sisters Elizabeth and Jean McCrae in the 1920’s.

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Special Constabulary Medal Holders

Here is a list of Cambridge men who received the Special Constabulary medal from the 1913 Watersiders’ Strike, as published in the Waikato Independent, 16 April 1914. If you find someone or something of interest in…

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Special Constabulary Camp Gazette Roll

If you find something or someone of interest in this list please feel free to email your requests with as much relevant detail as possible to help us do the research on your behalf. Our…

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Early Cambridge Photos

We have a large collection of early Cambridge photos. Come in and see how much Cambridge has changed.

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