Māori occupied the Rai and Te Hoiere/Pelorus until 1828, when Te Rauparaha's[te-rauparahas-account/] war parties occupied Te Tau Ihu and local Māori were killed or scattered from their lands. They...Read more about "Rai Valley"...
Searching for Metapere
It is now more than 15 years since Kate Mitchell published an account of the search for a Māori tupuna in the family, who turned out to be...Read more about "Searching for Metapere"...
Ching and Chisnall families
Richard Ching was born 11 July 1811 in England to Cornish parents - William Ching and Mary Vague. Richard was aged 12 when both his father, aged 40...Read more about "Ching and Chisnall families"...
Telephones in Blenheim
When I see young folk walking along the footpath and communicating with their friends using text messages on their cell phones, I realise how far telephone communication has come...Read more about "Telephones in Blenheim"...
Samuel Kirkpatrick and the Canning Factory
Samuel Kirkpatrick (1854-1925) grew up in Ireland, was educated in Liverpool and emigrated to California, where he worked in the wholesale tea business and fruit processing factories. In January...Read more about "Samuel Kirkpatrick and the Canning Factory"...
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