Mystery of the missing child

Terence Kennedy left Ireland, aged 24, in 1844. He came to New Zealand via America and Australia and purchased 300 acres of bush where Schollum’s Access Road, off SH 1, now is. He arrived five years before the Bohemian settlers of Puhoi. As soon...... Read More

Characters of Mangawhai

Bullocks in front of courthouse, policeman’s house and chandlery. The courthouse being demolished. In 2013, I recorded a group of friends – Paddy Whynn, Judith Brown, Ivan Urlich and Jim Woods – who were descendants of early...... Read More

Call the midwife

Midwife Maggie Cramp with Daisy Farmer, the daughter of one of her patients, in 1905. Photo, W H Marsh Collection As one baby in particular has been in the news lately, I thought it appropriate to recall what childbearing was like for pioneer women....... Read More

A mystery, by gum

Gum washed ashore at Snells Beach. Radio New Zealand recently broadcast a BBC series, A history of the world in 100 objects. The objects were sourced from the British Museum. If such a programme were to be devised about New Zealand, then one of the...... Read More

Honouring the first settlers

Every year, Puhoi celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the first European settlers on June 29, 1863. In former times, in addition to church services, banquets and dances, a public meeting was usually held. In 1872, it was decided that John Schollum...... Read More

Flight times

Some notes on flying experiences in Mangawhai through the decades. 1910s: Forced landing One of the first two Boeing aircraft ever built was constructed of timber, linen and wire, and had a wingspan of 52 feet.  It was purchased by the New Zealand...... Read More

Gone, but not forgotten

February 3, 1917, was long remembered as the day of the big flood, which carried away the Bone Mill Bridge in Warkworth. By late afternoon the sloping streets were awash. Water roared down Hill Street, making a deep pool at the junction of Matakana and...... Read More

Puhoi fighters in France

On November 4, 1918, several battalions of the 3rd Rifle Brigade of the New Zealand Division began to liberate the town of Le Quesnoy, an old fortress town occupying a strategic position in Northern France. A moat surrounded the town. It was comprised...... Read More

Changing schools

From the mid to late 1850s, Mangawhai has known many schools. They have popped up wherever and whenever the population demanded. The first known school was formed to educate children of the 58th Regiment and their families, and other early arrivals, living...... Read More

Ringing in school changes

In a recent issue (MM December 13), notice was given that the old Warkworth Primary School buildings would be demolished to make way for the new. “We’re mindful that many people are emotionally attached to the school,” said Principal...... Read More