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Wairarapa Archive

If you want to find out about the history of the Wairarapa, the Wairarapa Archive should be your first port of call.

Led by District Archivist Gareth Winter, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of people, places and things that make up the Wairarapa's past, they have a wide selection of resources available, including:


Wairarapa Archive history series
The Wairarapa Archive also has an excellent series of Wairarapa history publications available for purchase.


Links
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Online contact
Wairarapa Archives Blog

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Location and contact information
Wairarapa Archives is at 79 Queen Street, Masterton, New Zealand, and they are open each weekday from 1 - 5 pm.

Phone: +64 6 370 6311
Fax: +64 6 377 1195

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Edwin Meredith - early settler - obituary, 1907

MR. EDWIN MEREDITH.

("Wairarapa Age," March 6.) 1

There passed away at his residence, "Llandaff," Upper Plain, at an early hour yesterday morning, one of the oldest and most esteemed settlers of the District in the person of Mr. Edwin Meredith. The deceased had been ailing for some time, and death was due to an internal complaint. The late Mr. Meredith was one of the pioneer settlers of the Wairarapa. He was born in Tasmania in 1827, his father, Mr. George Meredith, who at one time held a commission in the Royal Marines, having chartered the ship Emerald, and sailed for Hobart six years previously.The deceased visited New Zealand on two occasions before finally settling in the country. The first visit was in 1850 in H.M.S. Bramble. and at the time of that visit the Canterbury settlement was being formed, the fifth immigrant ship having only just arrived from the old country.

The second visit of Mr. Meredith to New Zealand was a year later than the first. He came …

1942 Earthquake: Masterton's business area badly wrecked

Evening Post, 26 June 1942

"MILITARY TAKE OVER CONTROL

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.

Views of Masterton, 1887

Shows left part of Masterton panorama, looking west, from near the area of Bannister and Hessey Streets. A number of houses are in the foreground, with two-storey buildings in the distance along Queen Street. Taken from new gas storage tank - 97-151/114

Wrigley's Bush is beyond the buildings. Taken from new gas storage tank - 97-151/115



Photographs: Wairarapa Archive