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Holdsworth in disrepair

Four young men in front of the Mountain House, Mount Holdsworth, 23 April 1916 - 10-200/

Men with axes and sticks at Mountain House, 1910-1920 - 90-017/783

10 male trampers crossing the [Atiwhakatu] stream near Mount Holdsworth, 1900-1910 - 00-196/

News reports from 1918 suggest that the Mount Holdsworth track and Mountain House were falling into disrepair.

The Evening Post reports
The trip to Mount Holdsworth, which some time ago was becoming quite popular with residents of Carterton and Masterton as well as visitors from other localities has not been undertaken by many this season (says the Wairarapa Daily News).
Really the only people going up have been several local enthusiasts. They report that the track is much overgrown, as it has not been cut back for some considerable time.
The Mountain House and contents are in a very bad state of repair. All of the mattresses are in pieces and the windows broken. One end of the house has been blown out by a recent gale.
It is understood the controlling body is in Masterton, and funds are available for improvements being carried out. It is hoped that with prospects of more favourable weather for the trip, some effort will be made by the controlling committee to make the improvements to the track and the accommodation house that are very necessary 

Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 157, 31 December 1918, Page 6

Photographs:  Wairarapa Archive


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