Bev Ross

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History – First generation children

This is a story of a child born in Scotland in 1853. Christened Robert Ross, by Gaelic speaking parents, he arrived in New Zealand as...

History – Saving the harbour

This photograph of the Mangawhai sand spit, taken from the southern end after an initial breach in 1978, was followed by Cyclone Bola in 1987....

History – 19th century ships at Mangawhai

The picture (below) shows where the McInnes shipyards were situated in Mangawhai from the mid 1850s until the late 19th century. Work shavings were still...

History – More than a myth

I have been approached a few times regarding the existence of such a place as North Albertland. Well, the district was officially proclaimed in a...

History – Memories of black billy tea

Bev Ross recalls haymaking during her childhood … I watched, fascinated, as the man cut two forked branches from a nearby ti-tree. He knocked them...

History – Settling down

Early settlers began arriving at Mangawhai in the late 1850s. There were no roads, so it was a matter of getting a passage on a...

History – Characters of Mangawhai

In 2013, I recorded a group of friends – Paddy Whynn, Judith Brown, Ivan Urlich and Jim Woods – who were descendants of early settlers...

History – 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...

History – 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...

History – Snapshots of the Olympics

The museum at Mangawhai is constantly working hard to find ways in which to keep the doors open every day – as I’m sure all...