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Summer in the Wairarapa

Lawn bowls being played, Masterton Park, with tennis being played in the background. Circa 1946

Coronation Hall and gardens, Queen Elizabeth Park
From a series of hand-coloured prints entitled 'Souvenir of Masterton,' published by J.P. Fortune, Bookseller and Stationer, circa 1920. 00-260/
Summer Meeting, Taratahi-Carterton Racing Club, February 19, 1866

Farmer Bruce McKenzie standing in a parched paddock during the summer drought, 9 January 1998
Alexander Turnbull Library

Sir Arthur Porritt at the Tauherenikau races with the president and steward of the Wairarapa Racing Club,
30 December 1967
Left to right: Club President, J G Donald (1898-1981), Sir Arthur Porritt, Governor-General (1900-1994), E A Riddiford (d.1993), Club Steward
Alexander Turnbull Library

Church picnic at Homewood, circa 1905 - 01-25/

Family Picnic, Mount Meredith, circa 1914
Dorothy Horner holds a rifle over her shoulder with the rest of the family sitting in the grass, eating and drinking.
Identified are: Dorothy Horner, holding rifle; Guy Wagg, behind her, Jack Tatham (white hat with black band, holding cup.)
Far left, Doris Tatham; Ralph Tatham?; Cecilia Tatham.

Sources: Alexander Turnbull Library
Wairarapa Archive


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1942 Earthquake: Masterton's business area badly wrecked

Evening Post, 26 June 1942


Masterton's main street was a sorry sight yesterday.

With huge piles of brick and masonry sprawling across the footpaths and roadway, shattered shop windows, and trailing high-tension lines, the condition of the mile-long thoroughfare was testimony to the intensity of the previous night's earthquake. In the residential areas householders suffered considerable damage to property, and it appears that Masterton took the main shock. Miraculously no casualties of any sort have been reported.