B Company, 22nd reinforcements, on the Rimutaka Hill, 1917. The men are wearing toitoi on their hats. 00-38/16.digital
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
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.
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.