SNAPSHOTS

 
This is a collection of stories about pioneer families and happenings, plus a few other items deemed likely to be of interest.. Each of these is also accessible from within the appropriate genealogy file as well as from the books or ships section. These stories are about real people, real deeds, and real conditions we would be horrified to meet today...

Rose Ann ShepherdRose Ann Shepherd managed thirteen children in a dwelling that started life as the stump of a large kauri tree.
Johanna James McRaeJohanna was member of one of the Scots families who left Nova Scotia for the much milder climate of Waipu, just south of Whangarei, in New Zealand's north.
Mary McLeodMary's story begins back in Scotland when her new husband Rev. Norman McLeod found his aspirations blocked by conservatism and so took his family and followers to Nova Scotia in the Americas. Reports of the much gentler climate of Australasia eventually seduced the group to build ships for themselves and move south to settle in Waipu, on New Zealand's North Island.
The Knott FamilyGraham Witt of Adelaide has pieced together much of the story of the Knott family who came out from England to settle in South Australia. He cautions that his work is a 'work in progress' but nevertheless he has some remarkable material
Eleanor Kathleen CoatesEleanor was a city girl who found herself living in a remote part of the Kaipara Harbour when she married Edward Coates. This is the story of how she coped and ruled her family with firm kindness. One of her sons went on to become a Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Phyllis BurrowsPhil was brought up 'on the Kaipara' where her family struggled to make a success of a small dairy holding. She tells of the cummunities that lived along the winding arms of the harbour, where the easiest way to travel was via small skiff...
Thomas Ball, J.P.Thomas Ball led a group of settlers from his native Lincolnshire to the scrubby wilds of the Far North of New Zealand, then went on to become a member of Parliament.
Hannah Chiffinch HareHannah left her well-to-do circumstances in London to travel to far off New Zealand. There she married the Weslayan missionary Thomas Skinner and lived an entire life as a missionary's wife until her settlement was sacked and burned by a Maori war party. Later, when her husband died, leaving her with an enormous family and no means of support, she accepted an offer by Joseph Hare and took on his own eleven children before giving birth to 5 more!
The 'Boyd' MassacreThis is the story of what happened to the ship when it called into New Zealand's Whangaroa Harbour to obtain kauri spars.
Earthquake!One man's heartbreaking description of how it happened, and how much it cost him...
The Matthews family to TownsvilleTracing one family from Cornwall to North Queensland
The Deadliest Fishing TripTragedy on the Whangape bar in 1907
Guardian AngelsDo YOU have a Guardian Angel looking after YOU?
The Whales of WhangaruruCatching whales on the east coast of Northland, NZ
Kite fishing in New ZealandOn the Ninety Mile Beach on Aupouri Peninsula, Northland, NZ
Bougainville island revisited;Bougainville Island is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and for many years had an operating copper/gold mine operated by Bougainville Copper Ltd. This article describes returning to the mine to remove critical material before discussions about reopening the mine.
Moas on Mt. CamelMoas were very large ground birds that once roamed much of New Zealand. On the Aupouri Peninsula at the tip of the North Island you can still find their eggshells.

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