Skip to main content

Lord Onslow goes deer-stalking - 1889

Marlborough Express, 15 May 1889
The Hon. John Martin, M.L.C., has taken the Governor to the Wairarapa for a couple of days deer-stalking. We congratulate the Hon Johnny on his enterprise. He has been the first to catch the Earl. The Knight was only caught by the snobs, but here is a "man of the people," who had been made an M.L.C., because he had risen from the people, boldly telling the world that if the Governor wanted sport he could have it at the hands of a man who had never kicked away the ladder by which he had risen. Now we like to see this.

Martinborough has its deer park. Why not? Lord Onslow will honour the man who with equal grace can lead a cart horse and a live Earl. The "Monarch of the Forest" can hardly fail to recognise the happy union which is being cemented at his expense.
Lord Onslow was Governor of New Zealand from 1889 to 1892.


Popular posts from this blog

Featherston Military Camp

B Company, 22nd reinforcements, on the Rimutaka Hill, 1917. The men are wearing toitoi on their hats. 00-38/

In January 1916 the biggest army training camp in New Zealand opened in Featherston. The camp occupied the land on both sides of the main road between Featherston and Tauherenikau. In 1916 the camp was the biggest settlement in the Wairarapa at a time when Masterton’s population was 5,500. It covered almost 30 hectares. Today there is only a memorial to the camp by State Highway 2.

Pahiatua Museum

The Pahiatua and Districts Museum Society has an old bay villa chock-full of interesting ephemera reflecting earlier years in Pahiatua and the Tararua District. Established as a museum in 1977, the villa was formerly the home of the local doctor and is largely in original condition, a wonderful glimpse of life in the early 20th century.

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.