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South Dunedin is (now) a major inner city suburb of the New Zealand city of Dunedin. It is located 2.5km to the south of the city centre on a large plain known locally simply as "The Flat"
the History of Dunedin
the original list of marriages was taken from
St James Parish (South Dunedin) Marriages 1879 to 1920
because of the large number of marriages the list is broken up here into alphabetical surnames ...
.. to find the spouses first names search under the linked surname ..
.. some birth years may be based on age at marriage ..
A names ... B names ... C names ... D names ... E names
F names ... G names ... H names ... I names ... J names
K names ... L names ... M names ... Mac names ... Mc names
N names ... O names ... P names ... R names ... S names
T names ... U & V names ... W names ... Y names
- U & V -
UREN Rosaline Maud 23y - SIMPSON 3 Apr 1899
URQUHART Annie 26y - NAYLOR 6 Feb 1913
URQUHART Jane 23y - THOMSON 11 Jul 1906
URQUHART Janet 23y - HALLIGAN 6 Sep 1906
URQUHART John junr 26y - HOUSTON 21 Dec 1900
URQUHART Margaret 26y - STEWART 28 Nov 1905
VALENTINE Dorothy 27y STEWART 21 Aug 1914
VALENTINE Thomas Dexter 21y APPLEGATE 27 Jan 1917
VEITCH Margaret Mary 23y CHETTLEBURGH 31 Dec 1903
VEITCH Robert Archibald 22y SHORE 10 Sep 1906
VIAL Jessie 24y BEE 10 Apr 1901
the U SURNAMES on my tree as at 16th September 2010
the UHLENBERG buried in South Taranaki Cemteries as at 1-11-210:
Adelaide Ann Uhlenberg (nee STEPHENS)
- arried Paul Francis Uhlenberg in 1920
- died 11-9-1963 aged 74
- buried in Hawera General Roman Catholic
Brigid Ellen Uhlenberg
- died 25-10-1996 aged 82
- bured Eltham Burial Old Lawn
Carol June Uhlenberg
- died 15-3-1997 aged 51
- buried Eltham Cremation Old Lawn
- died 10-10-1910
- buried Hawera General Wesleyan
James Frederick Uhlenberg
- died 5-2-1971 aged 62
- buried Eltham Burial Old Lawn
Kathleen Zita Uhlenberg
- died 14-7-1990 age 72
- buried Eltham Burial Old Lawn
Maree Catherine Uhlenberg
- died 5-2-2009 aged 56
- buried Hawera Burial Lawn
- died 26-3-1941 aged 53
- buried Eltham General Roman Catholic
Paul Francis Uhlenberg
- died 23-1-19 aged 75
- buried Hawera General Roman Catholic
William George Uhlenberg
- died 6-7-1981 aged 70
- buried Eltham Burial Old Lawn
the ULPHs on my tree as at 13th October 2010
1. Ulph, Douglas Alexander Raymond (1911 - 1989)
2. Ulph, Elizabeth Bishop (1831 - 1901)
3. Ulph, Ellen (1835 - 1901)
4. Ulph, Emiy May (b.1840)
5. Ulph, Frederick Colin (1903 - 1931)
6. Ulph, Frederick Thomas (1864 - 1952)
7. Ulph, Frederick Thomas (b.1838)
8. Ulph, Henry George (1865 - 1947)
9. Ulph, Henry George (b.1892)
10. Ulph, Jane Harwood (b.1841)
11. Ulph, Jessie (b.1920)
12. Ulph, John Birt (1802 - 1874)
13. Ulph, Julia (1839 - 1872)
14. Ulph, Leslie (b.1917)
15. Ulph, Mary (1788 - 1788)
16. Ulph, Rachel May (1894 - 1968)
17. Ulph, Raymond (1900 - 1900)
18. Ulph, Robert Selwyn Reid (1896 - 1958)
19. Ulph, Ruby Isobel (1898 - 1945)
20. Ulph, Samuel Dore (1808 - 1866)
21. Ulph, Thomas
22. Ulph, Thomas (1749 - 1822)
23. Ulph, Thomas Birt (1806 - 1856)
24. Ulph, Thomas Birt (1834 - 1871)
25. Ulph, William
26. Ulph, William Bishop (1833 - 1844)
the UNDERWOODs on my tree as at 13th October 2010
1. Underwood, Dorothy Ethel Maude (1914 - 1994)
2. Underwood, Emily (1891 - 1981)
3. Underwood, Eric Sydney (1912 - 1994)
4. Underwood, Harold Jack (1908 - 1979)
5. Underwood, Henry James (1849 - 1909)
6. Underwood, Henry May (1910 - 1972)
7. Underwood, Hilma Marjorie May (1915 - 2008)
8. Underwood, Sophia Ann Mary Ethel (1884 - 1968)
9. Underwood, Sydney Houghton (1880 - 1922)
10. Underwood, Sydney James (1906 - 1906)
* the Upokongaro birth, death, marriages
* the Upokongaro School
* the Upokongaro Hotel
* the UPOKONGARO FERRY
... NOTES ...
* There is a lot of Council debate in this journal about the problems with the wire rope etc used on the ferry. If you go to the photo at bottom of page and use the zoom option it can be seen how the ferry was operated
* Due to the size of this journal some postings may have been edited to just contain items of real interest, eg names. Take it as a given that tenders were called every year (later 2) for leasing the ferry. They are posted when names are given or circumstances of the leasing changed. Some links are provided to save space and make good reading
ALSO SEE The Legend of the Whanganui River
A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED watch of a 1952, 15 minute, documentary-film from archivesNZ which tells the story of the Whanganui River. It recounts a Māori myth believing the river is the path carved by a god (Pukeonaki aka Mt Taranaki) in its journey from the volcanic plateau to the west coast. There is beautifully shot footage of Māori paddling a waka under tui-laden matai and tourists cruising on steamers. In 1950 the NFU had become part of the Department of Tourism and Publicity (after accusations of political bias) and this film reflects the change, with a triumphant narrative of progress underpinning an often-bloody river history.
Wanganui Chronicle, 31 March 1877
COUNTY COUNCIL The usual fortnightly meeting of the above body was held at the Albany Chambers on Thursday afternoon. Present - The Chairman, Crs Heslop, Higgie, Moore, Handley, Sommerville, Walker and Baker.
A committee consisting of Messrs Higgie, Sommerville and Heslop be appointed to inquire into and report upon the Upokongaro Ferry
Wanganui Herald, 17 May 1877
LEASING THE FERRY Sealed Tenders for the Leasing of the Upokongaro Ferry for the term one year, will be received till 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the 23rd inst., at their office, Albany Chambers, Ridgway-street, where the conditions of lease may be seen. £15 to be deposited with tender. By order, A. J. KETLEY, Clerk to Council
Wanganui Chronicle, 29 Aug 1877
RATE PAYERS of the present WANGAEHU HIGHWAY DISTRICT
... The present area of the County is somewhere about 1,814,000 acres, of which the approx area of the Wangaehu Highway District is 1,179,000 acres. This is the district which it is proposed to erect into a separate County, being only about 300,000 acres less than the County of Rangitikei and considerably larger than the County of Manawatu (more at above link) ... The Upokongaro Ferry brings in £21 per annum, which, equally divided, will give to our side of the river £10 10s
Wanganui Herald, 8 Nov 1877
IN BAD CONDITION The County Council received a letter from Mr Joseph Hughes, calling attention to the bad condition of the ferry boat and punt gear, at the Upokongaro ferry and stating that he, as ferryman, was suffering from loss of trade in consequence. The Foreman of Works was instructed to report on the matter at the next meeting
Wanganui Chronicle, 29 Nov 1877
WHO IS LIABLE While the County Council and the lessee of the Upokongaro ferry are discussing the point as to who is liable for repairs, a suffering public are compelled to cross the river at the risk of their lives.
Wanganui Herald, 29 Nov 1877
CLAUSE IN THE LEASE With reference to the condition of the ferry boat and fear at Upokongaro, the Chairman read a clause in the lease which provided that the boat and gear should be kept in good order by the lessee. To supply therefore the material which was required in a letter read at last meeting from the person at present employed at the Ferry would be substantially to cancel the lease; it was therefore resolved that a copy of the letter received from the person in charge of the Upokongaro Ferry be forwarded to the lessee and that he be requested to put the wire and the punt in repair, in accordance with the conditions of the lease.
Wanganui Herald, 30 Nov 1877
REMARKS EXPLAINED The loss which might be sustained by the lessee of the Upokongaro Ferry in consequence of the unguarded remarks made by our contemporary in yesterday's issue, render it only just that the real condition of the ferry boat and fear should be made public, in order that the intending passenger may not be frightened by what in reality partakes of the nature of a misrepresentation. The County Council having been communicated with by the person at present in charge of the ferry with regard to certain repairs that were required, instructed the Foreman of Works to visit Upokongaro and report on the condition of the boat and gear. This he did and reported at the last meeting of the Council that certain repairs would be found necessary, but that the punt, aas at present, is perfectly safe for some months to come. The lease of the present lessee will shortly expire and before re-letting it the Council will have the whole affair seen to. In the meantime the assurance of the Foreman of Works should prove a sufficient guarantee of safety in crossing the river at Upokongaro.
Wanganui Herald, 30 April 1878
TENDERS FOR LEASING Sealed Tenders for the leasing of the Upokongaro Ferry for the term of one year, commencing on the 1st day of June 1878 and expiring on the 31st day of May 1879, will be received until 1p.m. on Thursday the 9th of May next at the office, Albany Chambers, Ridgway-street, where the conditions of lease may be seen. A. J. KETLEY, Clerk of Council
Wanganui Chronicle, 10 May 1878
THE ONLY TENDER The only tender received by the Council for the lease of the Upokongaro Ferry was that of Mr J. Hughes, who was in attendance. The amount tendered by him was £15 or £20 if a residence was supplied (2015 equivalent $2,212 or $2,950), but Mr Hughes stipulated for certain purchases and repairs which were not considered necessary by the Council, or at any rate, not to be furnished at the price offered. After some discussion it was resolved on the motion of Cr Higgie, that fresh tenders for the Upokongaro Ferry be called, for consideration on the 30th May and that the Foreman of Works in the meantime be instructed to prepare plans for building a new punt and procuring other plant, viz., iron winch, wire and repairs to boat, The committee to open tenders to be Crs Heslop, Higgie and the chairman
Wanganui Herald, 31 May 1878
TENDER ACCEPTED A special meeting of the County Council was held at the Albany Chambers last afternoon, at which the whole Council, with the exception of Mr Gabb, were present. The Chairman explained that the meeting had been convened to consider the matter of the appointment of a person to take charge of the Upokongaro Ferry and the reception of the annual balance sheet. After some discussion relative to the first matter it was resolved on the motion of Councillor Higgie "That Mr Joseph Hughes be appointed ferryman at Upokongaro at a salary of £3 10s (2015 equivalent of $442) and that he be instructed to charge the full fees."
... note Assuming Joseph turned it down, see 21 June (G. H. Blair)
Wanganui Chronicle, 4 June 1878
TAKINGS FROM THE FERRY The incoming receipts for the half-year ended March 31st 1878 for the Upokongaro ferry was £18 15s
Wanganui Herald, 21 June 1878
ANOTHER TENDER ACCEPTED A special meeting of the County Council was held in the Albany Chambers. Three tenders for the leasing of the Upokongaro Ferry were received and considered, that of Mr G. H. Blair (Gavin Hamilton Blair 1830-1900) for £30 being accepted. In connection with the same matter it was resolved on the motion of Cr Higgie that tenders be called for the building of a new punt according to specifications to be seen at the County Council office.
NOTE Gavin was born in Ardrossan, Scotland in 1830. In 1851 he was living with his parents in Inverkip, Gourock, Renfrewshire. Gavin was a Mariner. He married Agnes Houston (1831-1866) in 1856 in Scotland & had 2 daughters. They went to Australia in the early 1860's. Agnes died in Greenock, SA in 1866. In 1870 he married Mary Maria Davidson (1826-1876 nee Watson, a widow, born in India, arrived from Adelaide in 1854 as Mrs John Davidson), in St Johns, Willis St, Wellington. Owned the Steam packet Hotel in Wanganui and with his brother Robert operated the ferry across the Wanganui River. In 1870 Gavin applied for a transfer & renewal of the license of the Steam Packet Hotel, nearly opposite the bridge, Taupo Quay (later named Fosters Hotel. His wife Mary died in the Steam Packet Hotel in 1876. In 1877 he bought the 'Robina Dunlop' wreck. His lease of the Upokongaro Ferry was accepted in 1878. Sometime after this he returned to Australia and again worked with his brother Robert (1828-1900) as ferry operators across the Manning River in Taree, NSW, in which he drowned in 1900.
Wanganui Chronicle, 5 July 1878
BUILDING A NEW PUNT Three tenders for the building of a punt for Upokongaro were opened and after consideration that of Mr Robt. Law, for £91 10s (2015 $13,423) was accepted on the motion of Cr Handley, seconded by Cr Higgie
Wanganui Chronicle, 2 Aug 1878
LEGALISING THE FERRY The Chairman said that he had, with Cr Heslop, interviewed the Council's solicitor as to the advisability of legalising the Upokongaro Ferry and that gentleman had expressed it as his opinion that there was no necessity for doing so
Wanganui Chronicle, 24 Sep 1878
NEW LAUNCHING The new punt for the Upokongaro Ferry was launched yesterday by Mr Robert Law, the builder, who has put the work through in his well-known workmanlike manner. The ironwork was entrusted to Mr D. Murray, which is a sufficient guarantee of its quality. The punt was much needed, as the one in present use at the above ferry has done it work and is no longer serviceable.
Wanganui Herald, 6 Nov 1878
FREE FOR KIDS Mr A. Simpson referred at some length to the Kaiwhangaroa Ferry, urging the necessity for granting free passages to the children attending school. It was resolved that the Secretary write to Mr C. R. S. McDonnell asking him to work the Ferry for three months, the Upokongaro Ferry scale to be adopted and children to pass over to the school free of charge.
Wanganui Herald, 28 Nov 1878
FIXING THE STEPS A Committee, consisting of Crs Robertson (George Sinclair Robertson, see 2 Nov 1880), Smith and Kennedy, was appointed to meet the Foreman of Works at Upokongaro on Monday, to confer with him relative to the best steps to be taken to repair the step at the approach at the Upokongaro Ferry
Wanganui Herald, 20 March 1879
PREVENTING ACCIDENTS The necessity of taking some precautions to prevent accidents in future was discussed and it was proposed by Cr Smith, seconded by Cr Robertson - that the steamers and other craft requiring a lowering of the ferry wire should no pass by after dark until a red light is exhibited in some conspicuous place and that the appearance of such light shall be sufficient evidence that the wire has been lowered and that this be advertised. Carried.
Wanganui Herald, 6 June 1879
NEW TENDERS Tenders will be received at the Office of the Council until June 14th at 12 noon, for the leasing of the Upokongaro Ferry for a period of 12 months, commencing the 1st day of July next. Conditions of lease may be seen at the County Office, Rutland Chambers. ED. N. LIFFITON (Edward Nolloth Liffiton 1844-1923), Clerk Wanganui County
Wanganui Herald, 19 June 1879
SAFETY CONCERNS Some conversation then took place concerning the safety of the wire rope at the Upokongaro ferry and road maintenance. Notice is hereby given that,on and after the 20th inst., a Red Light will be exhibited at the Upokongaro Ferry, between Sunset and Sunrise, to indicate when the Wire Rope is lowered and navigation clear. Steamers intending passing must sound the whistle a mile on either side of the wire and any person in charge of any steamer or craft attempting to pass when the Red Light is not exhibited, will do so at their own risk.
Wanganui Herald, 31 July 1879
PROBLEMS WITH THE WIRE Mr Denby put forward again his claim of £7 10s 7d for loss sustained through damage to his steamer by the Upokongaro ferry wire. He complained that recently, at the Upokongaro ferry, when there was a fresh in the river, the wire rope was not lowered sufficiently and that it caught the steamer's bottom as she was coming down stream with three loaded punts after her. Cr Lowes moved that Mr Denby be informed that the Council cannot admit his claim re steamer. This was seconded by the Chairman and carried.
A letter from the Harbour Board was read, requesting the Council to raise the wire at the Upokongaro Ferry, as the arrangement which had been advertised did not suit the requirements of the case. Cr Robertson said that he had been down to the Ferry in a boat and he found the light brilliant enough, though it was perhaps badly placed, being in a line with a light in Mr Kennedy's house.
Cr Sommerville said that the harbour Board seemed to think that they were master of the situation. They would find that this was a mistake. The County Council had not originated the ferry wire, but took it over from the Provincial Government and he read a clause of the Act giving the Council power to do as they pleased with regard to the wire.
A conversation then ensued, of which the chief points were that the ferry was absolutely necessary to the district and the rope was not dangerous if proper care was used. The Chairman then moved - That as the raising of the wire at the Upokongaro Ferry would prevent the working of the punt across the river, this Council cannot see their way to stranding the wire and further, that at the meeting of delegates appointed to consider the matter, the decision arrived at was that the wire should remain as it now is and that a light be put up, which arrangement has been carried out by the Council. This was seconded by Cr Smith and carried.
... An opinion was read from Mr Fitzherbert respecting the control of the ferry wire. He thought that by the wording of the Act the Board had full control, but suggested that the limits of the port should be better defined.
Wanganui Herald, 31 Dec 1879
ILLEGAL TOLLS Thomas Christopher was charged with demanding and receiving from Thomas Wallace, a member of the Armed Constabulary while on actual duty, the sum of 4d, as toll for crossing the Upokongaro Ferry. Fined 1s and cost 13s.
Wanganui Herald, 12 Feb 1880
Mr SHEARER Letter from R. Shearer asking for reduction of rent of the Ferry on account of the Doctor's Bridge being closed. Moved by Cr Lowes that Mr Shearer be recommended to refer the matter of compensation for stoppage of traffic to the Wanganui-Waitotara Highway Board.
Wanganui Chronicle, 11 June 1880
LEASE OF FERRY Tenders of the leasing of the Upokongaro Ferry, for a period of 12 months commencing the 1st day of July next, will be received at the Office of the County, Rutland Chambers, until 4p.m. on the 15th instant. Each tender must contain a sum equal of 10 per cent of the offer as a guarantee of good faith. (This receiving date was later extended to 24th June)
Wanganui Herald, 2 Nov 1880
INQUEST INTO A DEATH
An inquiry into the death of Jane Campbell Robertson, daughter of Mr G. S. Robertson, of Waireka, was held on Monday afternoon before Dr Tripe, J.P., Coroner and a jury composed of the following:- Messrs James Maxwell (foreman), J. Fleetwood, P. G. Smith, E. Smith, C. Smith, H. Montgomery, W. Montgomery, A. Montgomery, H. A. Owen, J. Piercy, J. Kennedy, J. Nelson, S. W. Peel and A. Filmer. The following is a digest of the evidence:-
Thomas Christopher, the ferryman working the punt at the time of the accident, deposed that when the punt was about 45 yards from the right bank he heard Mrs Robertson scream out something about the child. He did not see the girl fall off the punt nor see her in the water. There is not any life buoy or grappling irons kept on the punt. No effort was made from the punt to save the child as neither himself not Mr Keith, who was the only other male on board, could swim.
William Hardie Keith said that he was on the Upokongaro punt on Sunday. Mrs Robertson and four children were also on the punt. When about 40 yards from the right bank he heard Mr Robinson cry out that Jenny had fallen into the river. He ran to the end of the punt and saw the child's clothes rise to the surface once about ten yards from the punt. He asked the ferryman if he could swim and received an answer in the negative. He could not swim himself, He could not see any chance of saving the child, as the current took her away from the punt. Mrs Robertson and the children were standing at the opposite end of the punt to himself and Christopher.
By the Foreman: There was a slight jerk of the punt just at the time the child fell off. The ferryman was working the guy at the time in order to bring the punt close up to the hauling line. The deceased and the other children were standing on the apron of the punt. Mrs Robertson was standing close to the little boys and watching them. The deceased was on the other side of her.
Gilbert Robertson, brother of the deceased, said that he was eleven years of age. He was on the Upokongaro punt on Sunday, in company with his mother and brother and sisters. Just as the punt was approaching the hauling line and the ferryman put out his hand to catch it, his (witnesses') sister fell off. A ripple seemed to catch the punt just as the ferryman reached out and a jerk was given to the punt. His sister was standing on one foot with the other crossed over and leaning her arm on the end of the rail. He noticed his sister rise to the surface once, but it was some yards away from the punt ... more at link above. The Coroner in summing up dwelt very forcibly on the necessity for life-buoys and grappling irons being kept in the punt ...
to see who this was & her family see Upokongaro BDM 1880
Wanganui Chronicle, 15 March 1881
NEW BOAT LANDING Tenders to be called for earthwork, scrubbing and metalling the approaches to the Upokongaro Ferry on both sides of the river and that an estimate be obtained for the construction of a convenient boat-landing on both side. Moved by Cr Robertson and seconded by Cr Smith - carried.
Wanganui Herald, 14 June 1881
RETHINKING THE LEASE At a special meeting of the Wanganui County Council held yesterday, it was resolved to withdraw the announcement as to the Upokongaro Ferry lease. It is the intention of the Council to let the ferry for a longer period (to be decided upon at a future meeting) by virtue of the powers contained in the Counties Act Amendment Act 1880
Wanganui Chronicle, 13 July 1881
THE NEW LEASE Tenders will be received at the office of the Council, Rutland Chambers Wanganui for the lease of the Upokongaro Ferry for a term of Three Years, commencing on the 1st day of October, 1881. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted
Wanganui Herald, 5 Sep 1881
ARAMOHO TO UPOKONGARO FERRY It was determined to call for tenders for 200 chains (4km) of metalling on the River Bank from the Aramoho bridge to Upokongaro Ferry, with a view chiefly of ascertaining the cost so as to see whether it could be met by a special rate within No 5 Ward - Mr Robertson gave notice of motion in favor of raising a special rate of 1s in the £
Wanganui Herald, 8 Feb 1882
UPOKONGARO FERRY ITEMS The Chairman said that the lease of this ferry, although in existence several months, had not been signed, owing to delay on the part of Mr Betts, the Council's solicitor, upon whom the Clerk had called, besides writing letters, several times. The Chairman was instructed to write to Mr Betts on the subject and point out the unsatisfactory state of the matter
* A report was received from the Sub-Committee, consisting of Crs Dymock and Thatcher, stating that they found the bulk of the timber obtained for landing stage, &c., at the Upokongaro ferry had been washed away by the recent flood, between L3 and L4 worth only remaining. They understood that three of the piles could be recovered and recommend that Cr Kennedy be instructed to use his exertions and knowledge in doing so. They find that the Council will have to put the punt landing in order and suggest a breakwater about 10ft long would be the most economical and permanent way to repair the damage.
Wanganui Herald, 14 Sep 1882
COMPLAINTS OF THE STATE OF THE FERRY Cr Abbott said Mr Robertson had complained of the state of the ferry - Cr Kennedy applied for a return, for next meeting, of the income and expenditure of ferry since it have been taken over by the Council. Cr Abbott moved that £4 10s be expended on steps on Cr Kennedy's side of the river and £30, if necessary, to make a landing of Mr Robertson's side of the river. Cr Craig seconded. Cr Sommerville moved, as an amendment, the £5 be voted for a boat landing on the side of the river - Cr Parsons seconded - The amendment was lost. Cr Polson moved, as a further amendment, the £5 be expended towards making landing steps at the ferry as a final expenditure and that it be left to the Chairman and Cr Kennedy to expend - seconded Cr Dymock. The amendment was again lost. Cr Sommerville moved as a further amendment that, as the expenditure on the ferry has already been very great, nothing further be expended. Cr Kennedy said steps were absolutely necessary on the other side and someone would be drowned ere long - Cr Polson seconded the amendment. Cr Sommerville thought the settlers themselves should do something in the matter - Cr Kennedy said they already paid for what they had done by the Council. On the suggestion of Cr Abbott it was decided that Cr Craig's offer to see the work done be accepted, the motion having been carried.
REMUNERATION - Mr H. J. Reid's application for remuneration for drawing plans and supervision of the Upokongaro breakwater was granted and it was decided to pay him the sum of £2 10s - Cr Abbot said he was the paid servant of another body and payment ought to be made to the Board
Wanganui Herald, 4 Oct 1882
LOSING MONEY The returns concerning the Upokongaro Ferry were laid on the table - Cr Polson said he had all along said the expenditure exceeded the income and he was glad in a way to see his remarks borne out. The returns showed the expenditure to be £280 as against an income of £227 for the time since the Council had taken it over - Cr Kennedy thought the income was not stated as they should be
Wanganui Herald, 7 March 1883
COUNCIL MADE A LAUGHING STOCK From what transpired at the County Council meeting yesterday it appears that conditions were to have been drawn up in the lease of the Upokongaro Ferry by which the lessee was to be held responsible to make good any damage. Now it appears these conditions have never been prepared, although the solicitor has been repeatedly referred to in the matter and it is now stated that supposing the conditions were prepared the contract has so far expired that the lessee will not sign them. The clerk said the Council had been made a laughing stock of by their laxity in this matter and the Chairman was asked to interview the Council's Solicitor and have an explanation as to the cause of delay
Wanganui Herald, 28 May 1883
RENEWING THE LEASE Tenders will be received at the office of the County Council until Tuesday June 5 1883 at 10a.m., for the Leasing of the Upokongaro Ferry for a term of one year. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted.
Wanganui Herald, 6 Aug 1883
WANGANUI-WAITOTARA HIGHWAY BOARD The usual monthly meeting was held in the Secretary's office. There were present - Messrs Dymock (in the chair), Moore, Robertson and Peake
... the most disgraceful road in the ward and district was on the river bank. There are 129 chains to complete it to the Upokongaro Ferry and there is plenty of good metal convenient.
Wanganui Herald, 3 June 1884
KEEPING THE FERRY A letter from the Waitotara County Council was read, offering to take over the Upokongaro Ferry - Resolved that a reply be forwarded, stating that the Council were not disposed to dispose of the ferry at present. Resolved that tenders be called for 11th of June for the lease of the ferry for on year and that a sub-committee, consisting of Crs Kennedy, Noake, Lees, Sommerville and Fleetwood, be appointed to open tenders.
-- it was also decided at this meeting that there being no poundkeeper at Kennedy's Michael Cocoran was appointed
Wanganui Herald, 11 June 1884
NEW FERRYMAN At a special meeting of the Wanganui County Council held this morning, tenders for the lease of the Upokongaro Ferry were opened. Two tenders were received each being for £42. W. Brooks was chosen by the Council and he takes charge from today
Wanganui Herald, 8 July 1884
LIBELOUS ARTICLE In dealing with the question of the transfer of the Upokongaro Ferry, Mr Moore, at the Waitotara County Council, said that there had appeared an article in the Chronicle which certainly was calculated to damage the value of the ferry. In his opinion the article was clearly libelous. Whatever could have prompted the editor to write such an article, he did not know. He had gone out of his way altogether and had taken into account something about a toll. Anything that he had heard outside in that way should not have been used in an article. It had, fortunately, not prejudiced the letting of the ferry, as the article appeared the morning the tenders closed, but had it been in earlier the tenders would have been lower.
Wanganui Chronicle, 8 Oct 1884
IMPROVING THE APPROACH A letter was read from ratepayers requesting that the approaches to the Upokongaro ferry be improved and metaled - Resolved that the work be done, the cost not to exceed £7
Wanganui Herald, 20 May 1885
RELEASING Tenders are invited for the lease of the Upokongaro Ferry for one year. Tenders have to be sent in to Mr Filmer before the 27th
Wanganui Herald, 27 May 1885
NEW TENDERS Tenders for the Upokongaro Ferry were opened, that of J, Taylor £45 was accepted. The other tenderers were - J. Christopher £42 4s and Brooks £40
Wanganui Herald, 3 Aug 1885
RIVER BANK ROAD Cr Ritchie moved that in consideration of the expense incurred on the River Bank Road through the traffic coming from the Wanganui County over the Upokongaro Ferry, that the Wanganui County be asked to contribute a sum of £50 to assist in keeping the said road in repair. Seconded by Cr Perry and carried.
Wanganui Herald, 30 June 1886
FERRY RE-LET The Upokongaro Ferry has been re-let by the Wanganui County Council to Mr J. Taylor at the same figure as last year.
Wanganui Chronicle, 4 May 1887
COST OF A NEW BOAT The ordinary monthly meeting of the Wanganui County Council was held yesterday. Present - Messrs Polson (chairman). Blyth, McDonald, Porteous and Parker. The matter of the Upokongaro ferry boat was left to the foreman to inquire as to the cost at which a boat can be built and to report at next meeting.
Wanganui Herald, 7 June 1887
TENDERS CALLED Alternate tenders are invited for the Lease of the Upokongaro Ferry for one or three years, from the 1st July next. Specifications can be seen at the County Office. Tenders will be opened at noon on Saturday the 25th June next. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. By order. ARTHUR FILMER, Clerk
* the tender of Mr Taylor at £40 a year was accepted. The only other tender was Mr Christopher.
Wanganui Chronicle, 8 Nov 1887
TOLL GATE The Chairman drew the attention of the council to the fact that the Wanganui County Council had not repaired their bridge on the River Bank Road and consequently all the traffic was thrown on to the Waitotara County's road, without other bodies contributing anything at all towards the keeping of the road in repair. The council received nothing from the ferry and it would be only right that other bodies should contribute towards the road. He moved that in view of the large amount of traffic thrown on the River Bank Road by the inability of the Wanganui County Council and several Road Boards to repair their bridges and keep their River Bank Road open, this Council instruct the secretary to take the necessary steps to empower this council to put a toll gate on the River Bank Road, at the Upokongaro Ferry - Seconded by Cr Ritchie and carried.
AN OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSAL - The motion carried at the meeting of the Waitotara County Council yesterday, which was moved by Cr Robertson and seconded by Cr Ritchie, to place a toll gate on the River Bank Road near the Upokongaro Ferry, is a startling and outrageous attempt to levy a crushing tax on a few settlers, who are obliged to come that way into town, pending the repairs of the bridges on the other side of the river. There is no necessity for such an extreme course being adopted and we do not think the ratepayers of the Waitotara County Council district will countenance such harsh and uncalled for measures against their unfortunate fellow-settlers on the other side of the river, who are incommoded quite enough as it is and should not be treated in the cavalier fashion advocated by the members of the council. The action of the Wanganui County Council is not attending at once to the damaged bridges on the left bank of the river road, is most reprehensible, but it does not warrant the Waitotara County Council in putting up a toll gate near the ferry, which would injuriously affect the whole of the settlers living above Upokongaro and in the Makirikiri district. For a moribund Council to pass such a resolution was most improper, as the matter is one on which the decision of the whole of the ratepayers should be taken in the elections now approaching, during the progress of which candidates will, no doubt, be asked by the electors to give a pledge to rescind the obnoxious and mischievous resolution. Country settlers are taxed quite heavily enough as it is. The days of toll gate have, or out to have, passed away, as they are great bars to progress and have been abolished nearly everywhere in the civilised world
Wanganui Chronicle, 9 Nov 1877
UNSAFE Present - The Chairman, Councillors Higgie, Polson, Gabb, Handley and Kennedy
Letter read from James Hughes, lessee of the Upokongaro ferry, calling the attention of the Council to the fact that the punt is unsafe and requires immediate repairs and that the wire is bad and not safe; also stating that he has already spent 12 on it himself. He complains that he is losing money in consequence of person objecting to cross the river through the dangerous state of the punt. Resolved - That the Foreman of Works inspect the punt and report on it at the next meeting
Wanganui Herald, 5 June 1890
TENDERS CALLED Tenders are invited for the Lease of the Upokongaro Ferry for two years from the 21st July 1890.
Wanganui Chronicle, 20 Feb 1891
REPAIRING The Upokongaro ferry, which has been blocked since the flood, is so far repaired as to permit of horse traffic from to-day and it is hoped that vehicles will be able to cross on Monday next.
Wanganui Herald, 5 Oct 1892
TENDERS CALLED It was resolved that tenders be called for renting the Upokongaro ferry for two years from November 1st, 1892
Wanganui Chronicle, 6 Dec 1892
RIVER NAVIGATION The Clerk of the Wanganui County Council wrote that a resolution had been passed to the effect that all steamers going up and down the river should whistle as they approach the Upokongaro Ferry and remaining steady until the wire was lowered. Mr Hatrick pointed out that it was impossible for a steamer to remain steady when going with the stream with two or three punts behind her. However, it was pointed out that if the speed were slacked off slightly the idea in view when the resolution was passed by the County Council would be met.
Wanganui Herald 1 August, 1893
MORE WIRE PROBLEMS The ferryman of the Upokongaro ferry waited on the Council, asking who was to replace the wire carried away by the punts towed by the Wairere, when the semaphores had the danger signal up. Cr Ross was appointed to attend to getting the wire raised at once.
Wanganui Chronicle, 7 April 1894
PAINTING It was resolved that the necessary oil and paint be sent to the ferryman for the painting of the Upokongaro ferry house.
Wanganui Herald, 9 Oct 1894
TENDERS CALLED Tenders will be received for the lease of the Upokongaro Ferry and house for a term of two years.
Wanganui Herald, 5 Jan 1895
MANGAWHERO ROAD BOARD It was resolved that the clerk write the Mangawhero Road Board that if the Council be willing to hand over the Upokongaro ferry punt and ferry house to the Board, will the Board be prepared to take over the ferry.
Wanganui Herald, 2 March 1895
TAKE OVER The Mangawhero Road Board wrote signifying their willingness to take over the Upokongaro Ferry and the main roads in its district in compliance with the Council's letter.
Wanganui Herald, 18 Oct 1895
LOST (10s reward) - Between the Swimming Baths(?) and Upokongaro Ferry, dark green Hand-bag, containing card case, chegue, etc. Anyone finding same will oblige by returning it to the Freezing Company's office.
Wanganui Herald, 31 Oct 1896
TENDERS Will be received to Wednesday 4th November for the lease of the Upokongaro Ferry for two years from 1st December
* the tender of John Taylor was accepted at £36 per annum
Wanganui Chronicle, 5 Nov 1898
TENDERS FOR LEASE It was moved by Cr Ross and seconded by Cr Georgetti, that tenders be called for the lease for two years of the Upokongaro Ferry and House from 1st December 1898
Wanganui Chronicle, 3 Dec 1898
KENNEDY'S COACH Mr Allcock notifies that the Upokongaro Ferry will be opened on and after today and that in future the Kennedy's coach will run the Aramoho side of the river
Wanganui Chronicle, 7 Jan 1899
REPAIRS Crs Ross and Georgetti were deputed to arrange about the approaches to the Upokongaro Ferry being repaired
Wanganui Herald, 9 Dec 1899
WANGANUI COUNTY COUNCIL
It was decided, on the motion of Mr Mason, to get Mr Law to repair the Upokongaro punt
Wanganui Chronicle, 11 Jan 1900
CLOSURE Notice is hereby given that the Upokongaro Ferry will be closed during repairs as from the evening of Sunday 14th till further notice. ERNEST BARNS, Clerk Wanganui County Council. (It was reopened on the 24th)
Wanganui Herald, 23 Oct 1900
TENDERS Are invited for the Lease of the Upokongaro Ferry and Ferry house for a term of two years
Wanganui Herald, 15 Dec 1900
LIFE BUOY Cr Mason was authorised to have the life-buoy at Upokongaro Ferry repaired
Wanganui Herald, 9 April 1902
The heavy rains of yesterday and last evening caused a considerable freshet in the river and the Upokongaro punt, at Kennedy's, a few miles up the Wanganui river, has been washed away, consequently traffic by the ferry has been temporarily suspended
Wanganui Herald, 9 May 1902
WANGANUI COUNTY COUNCIL COMMITTEE
The Committee, appointed to attend to the Upokongaro Ferry, have decided to have the punt thoroughly overhauled and Mr Law, who has done the work considers the punt good for another nine or ten years. They decided to call for fresh tenders.
Wanganui Chronicle, 1 Aug 1902
UPOKONGARO FERRY CASE At the magistrate's Court on Monday, before Mr C. S. Kettle, S.M., a case Wanganui County Council (Mr Watt) v A. Hatrick (Mr Barnicoat) was heard. The plaintiffs claimed to recoer from the defendant the sum of £7000, being amount of damage to the ferry wire rope at Upokongaro by the defendant's steamer Ohura in December last when crossing the ferry on its passage from Pipiriki to Wanganui. The plaintiffs claimed that the breaking of the wire rope was caused by the negligence of the captain of the Ohura when crossing it ... more at above link
Wanganui Herald, 12 Dec 1902
OVERHEAD WIRE In answer to questions, the chairman estimated that the cost of erecting the overhead wire at Upokongaro Ferry was about £150. On the motion of Cr Fletcher, the clerk was instructed to prepare a table showing the cost of the wire
Wanganui Herald, 11 June 1903
UNDERWATER WIRE PROBLEMS Mrs Allcock, the lessee of the Upokongaro Ferry, waited on the Council and stated that the underwater wire had been of no use to her in working the ferry during the late freshes and that she had been unable to work the ferry from May 27 to June 7. It was resolved that Mrs Allcock be allowed £3 from her next quarter's rent
- The Chairman's action in having the approaches to the ferry metalled was confirmed.
- It was resolved that the opinion of the County solicitor be taken upon the question as to whether the Council has power to carry on a ferry at Upokongaro in view of the fact that the traffic on the Wanganui River may be temporarily obstructed thereby and the solicitor be asked to confer with Mr H. D. Bell, solicitor of Wellington thereon
Wanganui Chronicle, 16 June 1903
FERRY CHARGES The Secretary for Education in reply to a letter re fees charged school children on the Upokongaro Ferry, pointed out that under the Public Works Act children attending school were exempt from such charges
Wanganui Chronicle, 14 Oct 1903
CONSIDERING CLOSING It was resolved that a committee consisting of Crs Mason, Speed and the chairman be authorised to call a meeting of ratepayers in the Mangawhero Riding to consider the question of closing the Upokongaro ferry and to report to the Council at its meeting
* the committee of Neilson, Mason, J. E. Wilson, F. Furth & H. M. Speed called a meeting of the ratepayer who asked the Council to give the ferry another trial with the recommendation to the Council to give Messrs Hodder, Missen, Heyda and Brooks permission to work the wire providing the lessee agreed
Wanganui Herald, 10 May 1904
IS IT LEGAL The Council's solicitor (Mr J. Watt) wrote giving his opinion, as requested, as to whether the Council could legally maintain the Upokongaro Ferry as at present constructed, that is with an overhead rope, as a legal ferry? Mr Watt, in the course of his letter, pointed out that general cases which bear upon the question all tend to show that the wire-rope across the river such as that in use at this ferry must be admitted to be an obstruction to navigation and as such is illegal. A ferry worked by an overhead wire-rope is a primitive idea and no cases bearing directly thereon are recorded. Mr Watt face it as his opinion that if a ferry is to be maintained it will have to be a different class to the present. Probably a steam ferry is the only form of ferry that could be usefully established. Mr Watt went on to point out that he was of opinion that no legal ferry had ever been established at Upokongaro, that the Wanganui County Council have no power to establish one on the same principle as the present one and moreover, that it is very questionable if the County Council would not be liable for any damage caused by the present wire rope
Wanganui Chronicle, 26 May 1904
FERRY CARRIED AWAY Shortly after dark the Upokongaro Ferry was carried away and almost immediately afterwards the punt broke adrift and darted off in the darkness. At about a quarter past six the punt was seen passing the Town Wharf and it doubtless went out to sea. The latest information from Upokongaro was to the effect that rain was still falling and the river rising
Wanganui Herald, 27 Dec 1904
FERRY REOPENED The Upokongaro ferry, which has been closed during the recent flood was opened to-day. Visitors to Wanganui can now do the round trip
Wanganui Herald, 11 March 1905
PASSING A BYE-LAW A letter from the Board's solicitor was read with reference to the Upokongaro ferry and advising the passing of a bye-law for the regulation of steamer traffic. He suggested that all steamers approaching the ferry be ordered to blow their whistles and that they do not attempt to cross the wire when the punt is crossing the river
Wanganui Herald, 10 July 1905
SENSATIONAL ACCIDENT occurred at the Upokongaro ferry last week, when the mail coach and horses were precipitated into the river and two passengers had an experience they will not be anxious to repeat. The horses jibbed when drawing the coach on to the punt, two wheels of the vehicle being on the ferry and two on the shore approach. The ferryman proceeded to push on the hind wheels with the object of forcing the horses forward and in doing so pushed the punt away from the bank. The consequence was the coach and horses were pulled off and fell into the river. There were two passengers, a young lady and a Maori woman, sitting on the box seat of the coach at the time of the accident and realising the danger they promptly jumped into shallow water, the coach and horses being forced out into the stream. The heads of the animals were held up by the ferryman until assistance arrived and a block and tackle were obtained to haul the horses and coach to terra firma. In the meantime the passengers were taken over to the hotel, where a change of clothing was provided and their boxes and portmanteau were subsequently found floating down stream
Wanganui Chronicle, 13 Sep 1905
BICYCLE CHARGES The question of the charge which should be made for the carriage of bicycles across the Upokongaro Ferry was mentioned at the Wanganui County Council meeting yesterday. It was pointed out that at the present time there was no regulation charge and in consequence all kinds of charges were made. Some ferrymen had made the fee so high that many cyclists had been prevented from making the round trip from Wanganui and back. Notice was given that the charge be fixed at 2d per bicycle
Wanganui Herald, 27 Nov 1905
NEAR DROWNING ACCIDENT We hear that Mr Alf Gray had a rather narrow escape from drowning on Sunday evening. He was rowing to town when his boat collided with the Upokongaro ferry wire. The result was that the boat was capsized in midstream. Mr Gray was fully clad and was wearing a pair of Wellington boots, but he was able to swim to the upturned boat, on which he drifted about a mile down the river until picked up by a native named Simon, who had witnessed the accident and put off in a canoe. Mr Gray lost a new rifle, some ammunition, etc. and a fine collection of paua shells which he was bringing down for presentation to the Museum
Wanganui Chronicle, 4 Dec 1905
NOXIOUS WEEDS Tenders are invited up to 4p.m. on Monday the 4th December, for clearing noxious weeds along the Wanganui River Bank between Aramoho and the Upokongaro Ferry. ARTHUR K. BLUNDELL, Inspector in Charge
Wanganui Herald, 13 Dec 1905
CHANGE OF FERRYMAN It was decided that Mr G. Watson be appointed to work the Upokongaro ferry service and put the approaches in repair, to the satisfaction of Cr Caines, at a salary of 35s per week and the use of the Council's cottage
Wanganui Herald, 6 Jan 1906
ANOTHER ACCIDENT Mr Neilson stated that another accident had occurred at the Upokongaro Ferry and moved that the matter of drawing up regulations to control traffic be left in the hands of the chairman to report upon - Mr Hatrick said it was not the traffic that wanted regulation but the ferry itself
Wanganui Chronicle, 15 Feb 1906
REFUND Mr J. T. Hodder, the late lessee of the Upokongaro ferry, wrote stating that as he had opened up the ferry after the big flood and had been put in consideration expense in repairing the approaches, he desired compensation of £50. This matter, as also a request for free carriage of the mail coach across the ferry, was referred to the chairman and Cr Wray to report at next meeting
Wanganui Herald, 5 Sep 1906
BUILDING A NEW BOAT The Chairman reported that Mr R. law had offered to build a boat for the Upokongaro Ferry at the rate of 1 per foot - It was decided that Mr Law be instructed to build a 16ft boat to be ready by the 1st November
Wanganui Herald, 3 Jan 1908
MUCH VEXED QUESTION Some discussion took place on the much-vexed question of the Upokongaro ferry. Eventually Cr Fletcher moved that the question be referred again to the Chairman and Cr Caines to make satisfactory arrangements, if possible, with the ferryman for the continuance of the service, Failing that they be empowered to call for tenders which are to be opened at next meeting and if not satisfactory the ferry to be closed
Wanganui Herald, 19 Feb 1908
FERRY IN TROUBLE The residents on both sides of the river near Upokongaro have very naturally been greatly concerned at the recent decision of the Wanganui County Council to close the ferry there. The ferry has been in use for over 30 years and has been so much used during that period that it has grown to be something more than a mere public convenience. It has become, in fact, a public necessity and will become more so than ever as population increases. To townspeople, also, the closing of the ferry would be a matter of some concern, inasmuch as the drive or ride to Upokongaro, thence across the ferry and back to town by the other side, is one of our most pleasant and favorite outings. The County Council has had a difficulty in arranging for the carrying on of the ferry in future, following upon the present lessee's throwing up of his lease and not caring about taking it on itself, decided, as stated, to close it. It would be a great pity if this were done and if it came to the worst, it would be a wise proceeding on the part of the Council to pay a small subsidy to a lessee to insure him against loss, which subsidy it might be possible to have supplemented by other local bodies whose ratepayers are affected. We are glad to hear, however, that there is a reasonable prospect of the ferry being carried on as heretofore. We are informed that negotiations are in progress for the continuance of traffic and that it is probable that matters will be definitely fixed up in two or three days. We sincerely hope the result will justify the expectation, for the ferry takes the place of a bridge at that point and to close it would be practically the same as closing an important bridge which acted as an essential link between two different districts
Wanganui Herald, 14 March 1908
THE FERRY IS CLOSED PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Upokongaro Ferry is Closed for Traffic. D. BELL, County Clerk
Wanganui Chronicle, 31 March 1908
A PUBLIC MEETING A meeting of all those interested in the keeping open of the ferry across the Wanganui River, at Upokongaro, will be held at Upokongaro on Wednesday, April 1st at 7p.m.
Wanganui Herald, 3 April 1908
COUNCIL REGRETS When the Upokongaro ferry was under discussion at the County Council meeting to-day, the Councillors were unanimous in expressing their regrets that it had been found necessary to close the service and intimated that they would be only too glad if some satisfactory arrangement could be made for the working of the ferry in the future. It was pointed out by the chairman that the statement that the service had proved a profitable one in the past was unfortunately incorrect. There had been at one time, he understood, a profit of £200 on the service, but during the last 20 years this sum, together with £80 additional, had been eaten up. In the discussion on the subject, it was made clear that the Council would be quite willing to make up any small deficiency should one be incurred by the Mangawhero Road Board if that body took over the service
Wanganui Herald, 14 April 1908
WILL THE FERRY STAY Many will note with pleasure that something definite has at last been done in connection with the Upokongaro Ferry, in that the Mangawhero Road Board has taken it over form the Wanganui County Council ... more at above link
Wanganui Herald, 22 May 1908
FERRY MOVING AGAIN The Upokongaro ferry is now in charge of a Maori whose working of same is giving every satisfaction, while he himself appears well satisfied with his job
Wanganui Herald, 28 May 1908
TENDERS FOR LEASE of the Upokongaro Ferry will be received up to 10.30a.m. on Saturday, 6th June 1908 at the Office of the Mangawhero Road Board, Ridgway Street, Wanganui. J. FAIRBURN, Clerk
* only one tender was received, that of Rupuha Himona and it was resolved to accept it
* On 11 May 1909 it was resolved to call for fresh tenders for lease of the ferry. One tender was received from Reuben at £10 per annum and it was resolved to accept it provided the back rent was paid
Wanganui Herald, 2 March 1910
EXTRAORDINARY AFFAIR AT UPOKONGARO After the Mexican Laurent attempted to blow up the Hotel the finding of his coat and vest on the Ferry containing correspondence it appeared to point to his suicide ... read above link at this date
Wanganui Herald, 6 Feb 1911
Mr H. M. Speed waited on the Council, as a deputation from the Wanganui County Council and mentioned the matter of the disrepair of the Upokongaro punt and suggested that the Council contribute towards the maintenance of same. The Council decided to contribute £10 per year, but declined to pay anything towards a new punt
* however it was decided to build a new punt and tenders were invited in April 1911. Applications were also invited for the position of Ferryman, wages of 8s per day including Sundays and the cottage rent free
Wanganui Herald, 6 June 1911
DISGRUNTLED PASSENGERS The settlers on both sides of the Wanganui River who use the Upokongaro Ferry have a real grievance in respect to the frequent interruptions which take place in the service. At present, owing to the neglect of the Wanganui County Council to keep the punt in repair, the communication across the river is by the ferry boat and settlers, especially those who have to take mike or cream to the creamery ... we doubt whether the settlers in any other part of the Dominion would have put up with such a medieval service for so long ...
Wanganui Chronicle, 12 June 1911
OUT WITH THE OLD ... Wanted to sell, Upokongaro Ferry Punt. Good timber in it, no reasonable offer refused. Apply County Council, Wanganui
IN WITH THE NEW ... Up-river settlers will be pleased to hear that the new punt for the Upokongaro ferry work was towed up to its new position yesterday
Wanganui Herald, 11 Jan 1912
WHO HAS CONTROL The matter of the control of the Upokongaro Ferry has been engaging the attention of the local bodies interested in its management, the Wanganui and Waitotara County Councils and the Mangawhero Road Board, for some time, but at last there appears some possibility of finality being reached. At the meeting of the later body yesterday the following resolution was passed: "That a letter se sent to the Wanganui County Council informing them that this board is willing to take over control of the ferry, but declines to accept any responsibility for accidents happening to either passengers or plant and the Messrs Glenn and Speed be appointed a deputation to wait on the Waitotara County Council, together with two representatives from the Wanganui County Council, with a view to obtaining a subsidy towards the upkeep of the ferry
Wanganui Chronicle, 15 April 1912
SCALE OF FERRY TOLLS The following scale of Tolls will be collected at the Upokongaro Ferry:
between 7am and 8pm - 2d
at other times - 4d
* 2 wheels & 1 horse - 1s
* 4 wheels & 1 horse - 1s 6d
* each additional horse - 6d
* each passenger over 2 with a vehicle - 2d
* horses per head, including rider - 6d
* cattle per head - 3d
* sheep per head - ½d
* motor cars, including passengers 2s 6d
* motor bicycles, including rider - 6d
* bicycles, including rider - 3d
* engines, N.O.E. - 5s
A. E. MANNINGTON, County clerk
Wanganui Herald, 23 Dec 1912
FERRYMAN WANTED Steady, reliable man as Ferryman for Upokongaro Ferry. Permanent job. £2 10s per week and cottage
Wanganui Herald, 2 May 1913
INSTALLATION OF A HAND WINCH It was decided to install a hand winch on the punt of the Upokongaro Ferry to mitigate the present practice of hand haulage by the ferrymen
Wanganui Chronicle, 8 Oct 1913
DEPUTATION The Wanganui County's decision to close the ferry is likely to be further postponed ... Mr Allen pointed out the urgent necessity of keeping the ferry open ... that 13 children passed over the ferry every morning to attend the Upokongaro school. The nearest other school was at Aramoho, four miles away ...
Wanganui Herald, 21 Nov 1913
NOTICE OF CLOSING THE UPOKONGARO FERRY PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that on and after the 5th day of December 1913, the ferry now under the Control of the Wanganui County Council at Upokongaro will be closed
Wanganui Chronicle, 6 Dec 1913
DECISION TO CLOSE It was resolved to adhere to the Council's previous resolution and declare the ferry closed as from December 5th. It was further resolved to inform the Waitotara County Council that the Council was not prepared to give away its plant but would entertain any reasonable offer for it
Wanganui Herald, 12 Jan 1914
CLOSURE LEGALITY On Cr Ross' suggestion the Waitotara County Council decided this morning to obtain their solicitor's opinion on the legality of the Wanganui County's action closing the Upokongaro Ferry. Cr Ross contended that the ferry was a "highway" and as such, could not be closed to public use
Wanganui Herald, 6 March 1914
WHAT ABOUT THE SCHOOL CHILDREN The Wanganui Education Board wrote urging on the county the necessity for re-opening the Upokongaro ferry as its closure was a great inconvenience to a number of children. If the ferry is opened the Board will pay to the County controlling the ferry 6d for each child over the age of five years of age (return fare) on condition that the children are conveyed by the punt and no by the ferry boat ... more at link
Dominion. 8 April 1914
RE OPENED After being closed for several months and causing great inconvenience to settlers, the Upokongaro ferry, about seven miles above Wanganui, is to be reopened almost immediately. After a good deal of negotiation between the Wanganui and Waitotara County Councils, the former put forward a proposal that the ferry should be managed by a joint committee of three members from each councils. Both bodies will share profits and losses. Whether the ferry will be run for long is now a matter of speculation
Wanganui Herald, 3 July 1914
THE FERRY IS LET Cr Fletcher reported that the Upokongaro ferry had been let to a man named A. Cooper at wages of 25s a week and all taking at the ferry. These takings do not include the Education Boards subsidy. Cr Fletcher said that he still thought that it was a great mistake to have ever re-opened the ferry. The council recommended the Ferry Committee to go into the matter of taking out an accident risk over the working of the Ferry
Wanganui Herald, 6 Feb 1915
TROUBLE FOR THE FERRYMAN Two or three snags in the river near the Upokongaro ferry have been the cause of a lot of trouble to the ferryman who has frequently been delayed owing to the wire getting entangled in the trees. The matter was brought under the notice of the Wanganui County Council yesterday and the ferry committee will take action to remove the obstructions
Wanganui Herald, 23 July 1915
THE FLOOD ... as the river continued to rise, owners of motor launches and other river craft began to express some anxiety for the safety of their boats. A launch moored near the town bridge was pulled over bu it moorings and sank. Another launch was washed out to sea. A n oil store near the town bridge was washed away. The Upokongaro ferry boat got adrift this morning, but was taken in tow and secured about half way between the Aramoho and Dublin Street bridges ...
Wanganui Herald, 1 July 1916
TENDERS CALLED FOR for a Lease of the Upokongaro Ferry for a period of two years
* the tender of B. Palmer was accepted as ferry-keeper and he was to receive £2 10s per week plus takings
Wanganui Chronicle, 8 June 1918
CONCRETING THE BANKS The concreting of the approach on the left bank of the Upokongaro Ferry has been completed and the opposite side will be similarly treated when the flood waters have subsided. The floods have left large deposits of silt on both approaches to the Upokongaro ferry and men have been employed to assist the ferryman to remove the same
Wanganui Chronicle, 18 July 1919
FERRY TO CLOSE NOTICE is hereby given that the above Ferry will be Closed to traffic on Saturday Next, the 29th inst., Peace Day. GEO. DARBYSHIRE, Clerk, Wanganui County Council
Evening Post, 25 Feb 1936
17 YEARS LATER Mr A. Ross and Mrs J. Wickham asked the Minister for the restoration of the Upokongaro ferry service, saying it was difficult for a Minister to interfere with local politics between the Wanganui and Waitotara Counties. Mr Semple offered to confer with the chairmen of the respective counties and endeavour to act as a conciliation officer
the FERRY/PUNT at Upokongaro
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* the Upokongaro birth, death, marriages
* the Upokongaro School
* the Upokongaro Ferry
* the UPOKONGARO HOTEL was established by William Caines in 1866. He had erected a small lean-to building near the riverbank and had furnished it with a heavy plank placed across two upright barrels upon which stood a barrel of beer. Customers were served with a tin pannikin that held a quart of beer, for which he charged a shilling per pannikin. A few months later Caines sold out to John Kennedy, who subsequently built a substantial two-storied hotel to replace it.
It was known as Kennedy's Hotel or Kennedy's Upokongaro Hotel and later just Upokongaro Hotel. There was a store attached to the side.
On 26 June 1881, in the early hours of Sunday morning, a large 6.7 earthquake struck Wanganui. The ground was in a state of violent agitation, people were thrown out of bed and 20 chimneys around the town fell. The hotel and store fared badly with bottles shaken off the shelves and cracks appeared in the ground.
On 8 Dec 1897 there was a magnitude 7 earthquake which reportedly shook houses, their occupants and contents for nearly two minutes. There was considerable damage in the borough and suburbs and water surged back and forth in the river. Heavy furniture was displaced and everywhere suffered collapsed brick walls with broken windows, while stocks of glassware, chinaware and goods in bottles and jars were thrown from shelves. Water was ejected from most water tanks, causing damage to houses.
TIMELINE for UPOKONGARO School
Wanganui Herald, 23 March 1869
RATEPAYERS MEETING MAKIRIKIRI (North) ROAD DISTRICT
The Annual Meeting of Ratepayers in the above District will be held at the Upokongaro Hotel, on Saturday, 24th April, at 3 o'clock p.m. for the purpose of fixing a rate for the ensuing year and transacting any other necessary business. JOHN KENNEDY, Chairman of Board of Wardens
Wanganui Herald, 25 June 1869
SALE AT KENNEDY'S UPOKONGARO HOTEL
GREAT LAND SALE, Thursday 1st July
Robert S. Low has been favoured with instructions from Edward Greenway, Esq., to sell by public auction, at the above sale, that very valuable freehold property being portion of the Makirikiri block, containing 720 acres, situate about 4 miles from the Wanganui River. 500 acres consist of scrub and fern land and the remaining portion magnificent bush; the whole forming one of the very finest cattle runs to be obtained.
ALSO will be offer for public competition, that valuable Lease of 1200 acres, situate in the Makirikiri Valley, now in the occupation of A. Wilford, Esq., with an unexpired term of 14½ years at a very low rental. Three and a half years at £20 per annum. Eleven years at £60 per annum. Both properties have a dray road within easy distance and bridle tracks throughout, The former property will be sold in one lot or otherwise, to suit purchasers.
Parties wishing to offer stock &c., at the above sale are requested to communicate with the Auctioneer, Arrangements have been made for crossing cattle, &c., from this side of the river and they will be taken charge of by Mr Kennedy, agent for the Auctioneer.
Wanganui Herald, 3 Aug 1874
DEATH & FUNERAL
BROWN - On the 1st August, by drowning at the Ferry, Upokongaro, John Brown, native of Pittenweem, Fifeshire, Scotland, aged 43 years. The funeral will leave Mr Kennedy's Upokongaro Hotel, to-morrow (Tuesday), at 12 o'clock and the Steam Packet Hotel, Taupo Quay, at 2.30 p.m. JOHN ANDERSON, Undertaker, Victoria Avenue
Wanganui Chronicle, 5 June 1875
The annual meeting of the Licensing Commissioners for the Rangitikei district was held yesterday (Friday), when all the applications were granted, with the exception of that of F. Reilly, of the Shamrock Hotel, Turakina. Why could not the Upokongaro Hotel and the Red Lion be classed with the Wanganui district and thereby save the proprietors the inconvenience of travelling all the way to Marton to make fresh application for the renewal of the licenses?
The following renewals for the Wangaehu district were granted:- John Kennedy, Upokongaro; John McDonald, Bridge Hotel; John Henderson, Red Lion, Wanganui
Wanganui Herald, 5 Dec 1877
UNSUCCESSFUL FAULT FINDING
The report that was circulated last week by our contemporary with reference to the non-payment of the license fee by the proprietor of a certain Hotel, has given rise to rumours which demand contradiction. The Hotel referred to at the last meeting of the County Council as being practically unlicensed, the license fee not have been paid, was the Wangaehu Hotel, kept by Mr McDonald. The fee was duly paid at the proper time, but owing to some mistake, it was handed to the Rangitikei Council instead of to the Wanganui authorities. The matter is another of the mare's nests of the Sergeant of Police, who recently wanted to find a flaw in the license of the Upokongaro Hotel but failed
Evening Post, 6 July 1878
A sad and fatal accident occurred at Upokongaro near Wanganui on Monday last, of which the following account is given by the Herald:- A shoemaker named Philip Rowland, while crossing the yard at the back of Kennedy's Hotel, passed a horse, left standing and tied to the fence; and in passing, patted the horse's flank. The animal in kicking out struck him in the lower abdomen, inflicting terrible injuries and such suffering as could only have been relieved by instant death, The agonised groans of the unfortunate man brought assistance and the poor fellow was placed upon a couch. A messenger dispatched with all speed to town soon returned with Dr Earle, who strove ineffectually to afford even a temporary relief. Nothing could be done to save the injured man, who, in the most terrible pain, lingered for some hours and expired in paroxysms of agony.
* Philip was born 1824 in Marylebone, he married Emma Beaumont
Wanganui Herald, 3 June 1885
THE LICENSING ACT AT WORK
From what we can learn there is likely to be some opposition to both the Aramoho Hotel and Mr Gibson's application at the Upokongaro licensing meeting on Tuesday next. Memorials against both licenses have been drawn up and duly lodged with the clerk of the Licensing Committee
Wanganui Herald, 30 March 1886
Mr KENNEDY'S MARRIAGE
We have to congratulate one of our oldest and most respected settlers on the auspicious occasion of his marriage. We allude to Mr John Kennedy, the kindly and genial proprietor of the Upokongaro Hotel and store, who was married this morning to Miss Ewing. The happy couple left by this afternoon's train for Palmerston North on their honeymoon trip. We wish them every happiness and a long life of connubial felicity.
* John married Evie Ewing (1862-1943)
Marlborough Express, 4 Feb 1887
"Tommy Rowe" NEW MINE HOST
On Tuesday next (says the Wanganui Herald) Mr T. Rowe, the well known C.T., will take over the Upokongaro Hotel. The Tuhua will run an excursion for the house-warming on Tuesday night
Wanganui Herald, 16 Feb 1887
The CHANGE OVER
The Upokongaro Hotel and store have changed hands. For twenty years Mr John Kennedy filled the position of "mine host" at Upokongaro and made unto himself a name for genial hospitality and straightforward dealing, which will stick to him as long as he lives, which we hope will be for many years to come. He made hosts of friends and no enemies and now retires to enjoy a well earned leisure with the good wishes of all who have had dealing with him. Mr Kennedy is succeeded by Mr Thomas Rowe, who, as a C.T., has been a well-known and greatly liked visitor to this part of the colony for some years. Mr Rowe possesses all the qualities that go to make up a successful hotel and storekeeper and will, we have no doubt, prove a most eligible successor to Mr Kennedy. With Mr Rowe's many friends, we wish him every success and hope he will find in his present venture all that he can desire.
Evening Post, 19 March 1887
The Wanganui Herald of the 16th instant contains a long report of a complimentary banquet given to Mr John Kennedy, the late host of the Upokongaro Hotel and one of the oldest and best known settlers in the district. A large number of leading men and old residents were present and Captain Montgomery occupied the chair. The speeches made testified to the great regard entertained for Mr Kennedy by his neighbours and a feature of the evening was a speech made by a Maori, who spoke of the great respect the natives had for him. A complimentary address, numerously and influentially signed; was presented to Mr Kennedy, who is about to visit the old country with his wife. Mrs Kennedy was formerly well known in Wellington as Miss Ewing, who, with her mother, formerly kept the Criterion and City Hotels here. Mr and Mrs Kennedy, on their return to the colony, will probably settle in Wellington
Wanganui Herald, 25 April 1887
The BOYS BANQUET A NIGHT OFF THE ROAD WITH THE BOYS ON THE ROAD
* Although a brilliant read, it is too long to add here. Go to the link for some great info. Some of the names in the article are: Anderson, Browne, Chamberlain, Clark, Coares, Davies, Dunk, Edwards, Engel, Gunn, Horton, Johns, Johnston, Lange, Long, Low, Meek, McDonald, Mitchell, Pearce, Pirie, Ramson, Rankin, Ross, Rowe, Skelton, Southern, Taplin, Thoneman, Walters, Watt, Young
Star, 7 March 1888
A young woman named Julia Collins employed at the Upokongaro Hotel, was drowned this afternoon while bathing in the river
* Julia was (reportedly) 21
Hawera & Normanby Star, 17 March 1888
KILLED BY LIGHTNING
The body of a man named Bolton (I kid you not) was found near Upokongaro Hotel this morning. He had been about the hotel yesterday but left about tea time to get his clothes from the washerwoman. It is supposed that in returning he was struck by lightning
* this was Albert Richard Bolton aged 42
Wanganui Chronicle, 28 June 1888
Mr Thomas Rowe, host of the Upokongaro Hotel, reported to the police yesterday that some Maori had informed him that there was the body of a white man lying on the track to Parakino. It is supposed that he was a recent arrival from Parapara. Constable Crozier was despatched at once to the spot. About four miles beyond Upokongaro he found the body in a bush on the side of the road. He recognised it to be that of a man named James Barry, a bushman, about 65 years of age, who had for a number of years been residing with the natives at Parapara. On the track near the body were found a hat, some biscuits and an empty beer bottle. Deceased had his breakfast at the Upokongaro Hotel on the 24th and then left, saying that he was going to Parakino to get a horse to ride to Parapara, half way between town and Karioio, on Field's Track. He was last seen by a man named Bartlett on the 24th about a mile beyond Upokongaro, where the body lies. Deceased is said to have served in the American army and in the British and American navies
Wanganui Chronicle, 29 June 1888
An inquest was held at the Upokongaro Hotel yesterday on the body of James Barry. A post mortem examination had been made by Dr Earle, who certified that the cause of death was apoplexy, accelerated by drink and exposure. The unfortunate man was supposed to have died on the Sunday, but the supposition was incorrect, inasmuch as he was seen on the Monday sitting on a log, in a half stupid condition. A beer bottle, containing rim, was found on his person. A verdict was returned in accordance with the facts
* James was about 65
Wanganui Chronicle, 29 Sep 1888
There will be an inquest held at noon to-day at the Upokongaro Hotel, on the body of George Alfred Caines, who met his death by a fall from a horse on Thursday night
* George was 21
Wanganui Chronicle, 7 April 1891
THEFT FROM THE HOTEL
Harry Laing and William Noble were arrested yesterday at Kauangaroa, at the instance of Mr Joseph Abbot, who charges them with robbing him of the sum of £280. The arrest was effected by Constable Bell, who brought his men to town last night and lodged them in gaol. They will be brought up this morning at the Police Court and charged with the offence. Mr Abbot's statement is that he was staying at the Upokongaro Hotel on Sunday night last, when he had the money in question in his possession. He was taking it up the country to pay some Maori for a number of sheep he had purchased from them. He discovered his loss on Sunday night and his suspicions fell on the prisoners, for reasons which will probably be disclosed when the case is heard this morning.
* £280 in 1891 is equivalent in 2012 to $52,580. I think there may have been a misprint? Can't imagine anyone would carry that much cash or pay that much for a few sheep
Wanganui Chronicle, 3 Dec 1892
A prohibition order was issued yesterday against Gilbert Dunlop Kiriwood, to apply to all hotels in Wanganui, Fordell, Castlecliff, Kai Iwi and Upokongaro
Dunstan Times, 11 Jan 1895
The Wanganui Herald:- Practically speaking, prohibition reigns supreme throughout the up-river district from Upokongaro right on to Karioi. This is to say, there is not one single licensed house between the two places named and yet the consumption of liquor on a very large scale goes on unchecked and sly grog selling proves a decided all-round curse to those residing in the up-river settlements and indeed to many whose business or pleasure it is to travel backward and forwards. Fifteen shilling is the modest price asked for a bottle of whisky to the Maori and 10s to Europeans and the vile stuff known by that name, even at these extortionate rates, finds ready consumers. Whatever the state of the liquor is before it reaches the hands of the up-river dispenser is not known, but it has been an open secret that in "doctoring" one bottle it is very easily made into three and at 15s per bottle too!
Wanganui Chronicle, 24 May 1901
DEATH of THOMAS ROWE
It is with regret that we have to announce the death of Mr Thos. Rowe, of Upokongaro, which took place at his residence at one o'clock yesterday morning. The cause of death was hear disease. Deceased had not been in good health for some time, but serious results were not anticipated. On Wednesday night, however, he was taken suddenly ill and, as previously stated, passed away a few hours afterwards. The late Mr Rowe for many years represented Messrs Sargood and Son on this coast and on retiring purchased the Upokongaro Hotel and Store from the late Mr John Kennedy. During his residence there Mr Rowe made many friends, who, with those up and down the coast, will greatly regret to hear of his demise. Deceased leaves a wife and a young family to mourn their loss and to them we tender our sympathy. The funeral will leave St Mary's, Upokongaro on Saturday, at 11 a.m., arriving at the Town Bridge at 2 o'clock
* Thomas was 53. He married Celia Barr (1856-1936) 10 Sep 1889 and had 7 children:
1891 -1957 Thomas Northcott Rowe
1892 - 1957 Mary Somerville Rowe
1893 - 1974 John Barr Rowe
1895 - 1969 Elizabeth Grace Rowe
1896 - 1908 Hilda Margaret Rowe
1899 - 1964 William Herbert Rowe
1900 - 1982 Donald Rowe
Wanganui Herald, 28 Dec , 1901
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
It is generally recognised that one of the prettiest and most convenient places to visit from Wanganui by road or river is Upokongaro - for it is very easy of access, being only seven miles from town. From and after New Year's Day the hotel there will be under the management of Mr and Mrs J. T. Hodder, well and favourably known throughout the Wairarapa. It will be the aim and object of the new proprietary to cater in an up-to-date manner for the general convenience of the travelling public and for visitors, picnicing parties, etc. Towards that end the hotel is undergoing a thorough process of renovation and patrons may be assured that nothing will be left undone that should be done to assist in general enjoyment. One of the specialties of the establishment will be the catering for visitors from Wanganui - it does not matter in what quantity they may chance to make a call and when once they have paid a visit to such a hospitable roof there can be no doubt that they will make more than one return. Mr and Mrs Hodder have made special provision for the holiday on New Year's Day and extend to one and all a hearty welcome
* John Thomas Hodder (1860-1942) was born in Featherston. He married Charlotte Elizabeth Haybittle (1860-1936) in 1881 & had 7 children.
Wanganui Herald, 30 Jan 1902
A man as a generally useful, for Upokongaro Hotel. Wages, 15s per week
Wanganui Herald, 8 Feb 1902
Those who spend their Sunday hour upon the river may be glad to know that under the new management a most recherche dinner is provided at the Upokongaro Hotel on Sundays at one o'clock (and also on week days) so that it is quite unnecessary for boating parties to return hungry, or to laden their ships with provinder. The afternoon tea at 4 o'clock is a distinguishing feature of the above hotel
Wanganui Herald, 5 Sep 1902
WANGANUI LICENSING COMMITTEE
On the application of Mr Marshall, a renewal was granted to J. T. Hodder. The chairman mentioned that the application had been adjourned in consequence of the insanitary condition of the back part of the hotel. The requirements of the health officer had now been complied with.
Wanganui Herald, 25 May 1904
STATE OF THE ROADS
... a halt was made for breakfast supplied bu Host Hodder, of the Upokongaro Hotel. Here the party were accosted by one of the inland settlers who had lost all hope of ever seeing, in his lifetime, the completion of the through road to Raetihi ...
Wanganui Chronicle, 16 June 1904
MANGAWHERO ROAD BOARD
The usual monthly meeting of the Mangawhero Road Board was held at the office of the clerk (Mr Morton Jones) yesterday. Present - Messrs D. Mason (chairman), A. Caines and H. Speed
FOOTPATH - Mr Hodder wrote asking the Council to make a sidewalk and waterway in front of the Upokongaro Hotel from the store to the pound - Resolved that the Chairman inspect the locality and see what can be done.
UPOKONGARO STREAM - Mr Chamberlain waited on the Board with reference to deviation being made in the road instead of erecting a bridge over the Upokongaro Stream and that a special rate be made therefor - Resolved that the Clerk write to the Government for load proposal forms and that the Chairman and Mr Caines meet the applicant on the ground on the 29th instant to decide what steps to take
Wanganui Herald, 22 Feb 1906
TENDERS are invited until noon on Wednesday 28th inst., for additions to the Upokongaro Hotel. Plans, etc., at my office. A. ATKINS, F.R.I.B.A., Architect
Wanganui Herald, 9 Sep 1907
At the quarterly meeting of the Rangitikei Licensing Committee held on Saturday at Hunterville, the application of Mr Hodder for renewal of the license of the Upokongaro Hotel was granted
Wanganui Herald, 3 Jan 1908
The application by Mr H. L. Abbott for permission to erect a blacksmith shop on a section opposite the Upokongaro Hotel was granted, on the recommendation of the Chairman and Cr Caines, the rent to be fixed at £5 per annum
Wanganui Chronicle, 20 Feb 1908
Mr Harry Tyson, of Napier, took over the Upokongaro hotel yesterday
* Charles Henry 'Harry' Tyson married Elizabeth Rose Moran in 1898
Wanganui Herald, 19 March 1908
UPOKONGARO HOTEL Under New Management
C. H. TYSON - Proprietor, late of Napier, offers excellent accommodation, first-class meals and the best brands of ales, wines and spirits
The above well-known hotel has just been taken over by Mr C. H. Tyson, of Napier, who will do his utmost to make the house a comfortable and homely home for all visitors, The bedrooms and dining room will be under Mrs Tyson's supervision and only the very best of meals will be served. By having the highest quality of draught and bottled ale and wines and spirits always in stock Mr Tyson aims at having one of the most up-to-date bars in any hotel in the Dominion. Morning and afternoon tea will be served in a cosily furnished parlour any time during the morning or afternoon, for the convenience of daily visitors and in fact everything will be done to make the house one of the most up-to-date hotels on the coast
Wanganui Herald, 15 April 1908
Mrs John Kennedy, well known locally in connection with the Upokongaro Hotel and more recently proprietress of the Inglewood Hotel has taken over Hastie's Hotel, Feilding and intends to run the house on the same lines which made her Inglewood establishment known as the model hotel on this coast
Wanganui Chronicle, 2 April 1908
MEETING TO DISCUSS THE FERRY
A meeting of ratepayers of the Upokongaro district was held last evening at the Upokongaro Hotel to discuss the action of the Wanganui County COuncil in closing the Upokongaro ferry. A large number of representative people of the district were present and Mr Hammond was elected chairman. Those present were, Donald Ross, H. Montgomery, Anderson, Harper, Roscoe, Campbell ... more here.
Manawatu Standard, 17 Dec 1908
MAN FOUND DEAD
While patrolling the Upokongaro side of the Wanganui river, on the occasion of the sculling race on Tuesday, Constable Fitzpatrick was informed that a man had been found lying on the side of the road about one mile above the Upokongaro Hotel. On making investigation the Constable found that the man was dead and as the result of inquiry, ascertained that deceased, whose name was James Ford, had been employed as a labourer by Mr H. M. Speed, farmer, of Makirikiri. It appears that deceased went up the river to view the boat race from the starting point on horseback, accompanied by Mr Thomas Kennedy, farmer of Waverley. After the start of the race, Mr Kennedy missed him and at the conclusion of the race deceased was found on the side of the road near the winning post by Messrs G. Shepherd and E. Ferry. He was still living and the riderless horse was found further down the road. The ground where deceased was found is very rough, large lumps of rushes growing there and apparently the horse stumbled and deceased was thrown. Mr Kennedy state that Ford was perfectly sober at the time of his death and his employer, Mr Speed, state that deceased was a total abstainer. Deceased is said to have a brother residing in Auckland and another up the Main Trunk line, but their addresses are not known
* BDM has his name as Thomas Ford aged 40. Possibly a son of John Ford & Eliza Dowen
Wanganui Chronicle, 31 July 1909
SWEARING & VANDALISM
The hearing of the charge against H. L. Abbott of using obscene language at the Upokongaro Hotel and of breaking a window at the same place was concluded on Saturday morning. After Chas, Henry Tyson had corroborated the evidence of the last witness the police declared their case closed. Mr Mackay then opened his case after which he put the defendant in the witness box ...
Harold Abbott, a blacksmith was up on the charges ... the names in this case include:
* Mrs Tyson tending the bar who jumped over the bar with a revolver, said she used her maiden name (Moran) when her husband was in Wellington. Abbott had not kept company with her but they had walked together once or twice
* Abbott said that's not the first time she had jumped the bar with a revolver saying she was a crack shot and would blow us over
* Mr Hogg who was sitting on the table when the window was broken, rushed outside, got some stones and rushed back
* a Maori named Hawera
* Mrs Lena Kerr the waitress, called Abbott 'Bunny'
* Mrs Peko, who was smoking a cigarette in her room and writing a letter. A Maori girl named Betty, her neice, was with her and said she knew Ned the blacksmith
* Edward Charles 'Ted' Bruntlett the blacksmith, went to Mrs Peko's room to ask her to put a candle in his room
* Mr Borlase who was secured to act as interpreter
The Magistrate said it was most shocking that any man should use such language to any woman, more especially to a respectable woman ...good read
Wanganui Chronicle, 9 Oct 1909
SALE BY AUCTION of the UPOKONGARO HOTEL
On Wednesday, October 13th at 12 noon, J. H. Keesing will sell at his Mart in Wanganui, the Freehold of the UPOKONGARO HOTEL, with about 17 acres of land attached thereto ... TITLE - LAND TRANSFER. This is a splendid investment. The hotel is situated only a few miles from the prosperous and rising town of Wanganui. It is exceedingly popular and being the only hotel outside town in that direction supplies the district for scores of miles around. A good legitimate investment, J. H. KEESING, Auctioneer
Marlborough Express, 3 March 1910
BLOWING UP THE HOTEL
An attempt was made to destroy the Upokongaro Hotel last night, gelignite being exploded on the roadway in front. Every window was smashed but otherwise no damage was done. The explosion was heard a mile away. The police are investigating
Hastings Standard, 2 March 1910
OUTRAGE SUSPECTED In connection with an explosion at the Upokongaro Hotel, the police suspect an outrage has been committed by a Mexican named Laurent who is supposed to have committed suicide in the river, his coat and vest being found near the ferry boat on the river bank opposite the hotel. The police are now dragging for the body
EXTRAORDINARY AFFAIR AT UPOKONGARO Detective Siddells went up to Upokongaro this morning to investigate the affair and was not long in finding a clue to his hand. Strong suspicion attached to a man named Laurent, a Mexican half-caste and the suspicion was strengthened by the finding of his coat and vest, the pockets containing correspondence, on the Upokongaro ferry boat. This appeared to point to the suicide of the supposed perpetrator and the police went up this afternoon to drag in the river where they believe Laurent ended his days
Hawera & Normanby, Star 4 March 1910
UPOKONGARO SENSATION - So far no trace has been found of the man Laurent, who it is stated, attempted to blow up the Upokongaro Hotel. He is supposed to have committed suicide by drowning, but dragging operations have had no result
New Zealand Herald, 7 March 1910
The body of George Laurent, a Mexican half-caste, who is alleged to have attempted to blow up the Upokongaro with dynamite on Wednesday morning last, was found in the river on about a mile below Upokongaro yesterday morning. From clues left behind him the police have all along been strongly of the opinion that he committed suicide by drowning and have been dragging the river constantly ever since
Wanganui Herald, 11 Nov 1910
Wanted immediately, a female cook for Upokongaro. Apply J. Hodder what happened to Tyson?
Wanganui Herald, 30 Dec 1910
SCULLING by "Victor"
W. Fogwell left for Auckland to-day to catch the boat leaving for Sydney on Monday. Prior to leaving he desired me to return the heartfelt thanks of Pearce and himself for the many kindnesses shown to them in Wanganui, particularly to Mr and Mrs Tucker of the Federal Hotel, Mr and Mrs Hodder of the Upokongaro Hotel and the members of the Wanganui Rowing Club, all of whom he says, treated him and his party in the most generous manner. He intends to compete in the big handicap on the Parramatta in February after which he hopes to meet George Whelch
Wanganui Chronicle, 17 Feb 1914
TRAGEDY AT KAIWHAIKI SENSATIONAL EVIDENCE
MAN CAUSED HIS OWN DEATH
An inquest touching the circumstances surrounding the death of a roadman named Bert Jones, who was frowned in the river at Kaiwaiki Pah on Tuesday, Feb 10th, was held before the District Coroner, Mr W. Kerr, yesterday afternoon.
Evidence was tendered by Timothy Hogan to the effect that deceased was employed by Mr McCullam, road contractor. At 9 a.m. of the 10th inst., witness and the deceased walked to the Upokongaro Hotel. There they stayed till noon and had four or five long beers. When they left they took three bottles of beer and a bottle of whisky. They had some of this on the way to their camp. They reached a point opposite to their camp at about 4.45 p.m. and deceased called across the river to a boy named Stanley McCullam and asked him to bring a canoe to convey witness and deceased across. When the boy and the canoe arrived, witness said he would not fo across in it for he thought it was unsafe. When deceased got in he commenced rocking the canoe and the boy told him to stop. Witness then went away to get some Maori to pull him across.
The boy referred to, Stanley McCullum, gave evidence corroborating that of the previous witness up to the point when Hogan said he went away. Then, the boy said, Jones commenced to rock the canoe and it sank. The canoe came up upside down and Jones held on to it. Witness swam ashore and ran for help. When he came back in a Maori canoe with some natives, the deceased had sunk.
The camp cook, Joseph Smith, said he was standing on the camp side of the river and witnessed the whole incident. In addition to the previous given, he said that deceased hung on to the canoe till it had floated for two chains down the river.
Constable Barry gave evidence as to finding the body about a mile above the Aramoho bridge on Sunday. He said he had made inquiries at the Upokongaro Hotel and he was quite satisfied that the men left there sober. A half-filled bottle of whisky was found on the body when it was picked up.
The Coroner returned the following verdict "Accidentally drowned, through his own recklessness while under the influence of drink"
* Bert was 27
Wanganui Herald, 30 Sep 1914
REFUSING TO FEED TRAVELLERS
At the Magistrate's Court this morning, John Thomas Hodder was charged by the police with a breach of the Licensing Act, in that he did, without any valid reason, refuse to supply a meal to two travellers, Patrick Pullen and James Blythe.
Mr Cohen appeared for defendant and pleaded not guilty.
Patrick Pullen, a bushman, said that he had been working at Parahauhau about 28 or 29 miles from Wanganui. On the 22nd of this month, James Blythe and witness had a light breakfast at six o'clock. They left O'Neil's at 2 o'clock and met Hatcher at five o'clock. They arrived at Upokongaro Hotel for something to eat. Hatcher, the driver of the dray, knocked at the hotel door. No one came to the door, but Mrs Hodder appeared at an upstairs window. Hatcher asked for a drink and meals for witness and his mate, who had nothing to eat since six o'clock in the morning. She replied that they could get nothing there as it was after ten o'clock. Witness also asked her for something, but she gave a similar reply. Witness had money in his possession and he was prepared to pay for his meal.
James Blythe gave corroborative evidence.
James Hatcher said that he picked up the two men about five o'clock. A little after ten o'clock they arrived at the Upokongaro Hotel, when witness asked for a drink. He was refused. He then asked for something to eat and was again refused. Pullen also asked for something to eat but he also was refused. The luncheon adjournment was then taken
Wanganui Chronicle, 9 Nov 1914
UPOKONGARO HOTEL UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
Having purchased Mr Hodder's interests of the Upokongaro Hotel, Makirikiri, I the undersigned, offer good accommodation to travellers and settlers of surrounding districts. Only the best of ales, wines and spirits stocked. retail at town prices. A. G. NEWMAN
Wanganui Chronicle, 26 Oct 1914
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
Having purchased Mr Hodder's interests of the Upokongaro Hotel, Makirikiri, I, the undersigned, offer good accommodation to travellers and settlers of surrounding districts. Only the best of ales, wines and spirits stocked. Retail at town prices. A. G. NEWMAN
Wanganui Chronicle, 2 Sep 1916
WANGANUI COUNTY COUNCIL
UPOKONGARO ROAD - The licensee of the Upokongaro Hotel wrote drawing attention to the state of the road in front of his hotel - Left in the hands of the engineer.
Taranaki Daily News, 31 Oct 1917
FATAL ACCIDENT A man named Joseph Weston, a laborer, aged about 54, was found lying dead at the nine-mile peg on the Makirikiri road, early on Monday morning. The police were communicate with and the body was brought into Wanganui. It appears that the deceased, who worked for Messrs Fernie Bros., came into Upokongaro on Saturday and stayed at the hotel, sleeping in a whare alongside the stable. On Sunday evening he set out for Fernie's Station. He was seen by two horsemen within a short distance of where he was ultimately found dead. He was then apparently in an inebriated state and it is presumed he fell over the bank, his neck being broken. An inquest is to be held.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 20 Feb 1918
BREACHES OF THE LAW
At the magistrate's Court at Wanganui on Tuesday (reports the Chronicle) A. G. Newman, licensee of the Upokongaro hotel, pleaded guilty to twelve breaches of the law and was fined £20 and £11 9s costs for selling liquor to an intoxicated person at the Wangaehu Hotel. A. Barnes, barman, was fined £10 and A. McDonald, licensee £1. The evidence showed that the licensee was ill in bed at the time
Wanganui Herald, 23 Nov 1918
ESTATE OF THOMAS ROWE (deceased)
The Public Trustee invites alternative for the purchase or lease in one lot or separately of the following properties, all situate at Upokongaro, 7 miles from Wanganui, Waimarino electorate:-
LOT 1 - Dwelling of 7 rooms and store and stables with ½ acre land
LOT 2 - Freehold of Upokongaro Hotel, containing 22 rooms and other buildings with about 1 acre land, together with Publican's License in respect thereof
LOT 3 - 16½ acres rich flat land with 2 cottages thereon, suitable as a holding or accommodation paddock
Sealed tenders will be received at the Public Trust Office, Wanganui, up till 2 p.m. on Wednesday 11th December 1918
Wanganui Herald, 5 Oct 1920
OBSCENE LANGUAGE & WINDOW BREAKING (again)
At the Police Court this morning before Mr Wyvern Wilson, S.M., Francis Henry was charged with being drunk at Makirikiri yesterday with breaking six panes of glass value £2, the property of R. L. Avery and with using obscene language in the bar of the Upokongaro Hotel. Charles Henry was also charged with drunkenness and obscene language.
Senior-Sergt Bourke stated that the two accused called at the hotel on Sunday last and asked for drink and were refused. In the meantime they came to Wanganui and last evening returned by coach in a drunken state. When the hotelkeeper tried to get them off the premises they used obscene language and Francis Henry also broke the glass and one of the accused struck Mr Avery.
R. L. Avery stated that when he refused drinks to the two accused, Francis Henry promised to give him the biggest hiding he ever had in his life. After a good deal of trouble witness managed to get the accused out of the hotel.
Reginald C. Dunlop, farmer, Makirikiri, stated that Francis Henry appeared to be the most aggressive of the two and the other accused tried to get him from breaking the window.
The charge of using obscene language against Charles Henry was dismissed and he was fined 5/- for drunkenness. Francis Henry was convicted for obscene language and sentenced to one month's imprisonment and ordered to pay £2, the amount of damage to the window. He was also fined 5/- for drunkenness
Evening Post, 18 Oct 1922
At the Magistrate's Court to-day, Percy Lumsden, licensee of the Upokongaro Hotel, was fined £3 and £9 costs for supplying liquor to two Europeans and two maori on a recent Sunday. The defendant admitted that liquor had been supplied, but stated that one of the Europeans had entered his name on the book as a lodger for the night and was subsequently entitled to liquor for himself and his friend. The magistrate, after hearing evidence, decided that the man was not a bona fide lodger. On a further similar charge, a daughter of the defendant was fine 1 and 7s costs
* in 1922 that was a lot of money. In Oct 2012 the equivalent was £3=$281 & £9=$845, a total fine of $1126!!. In 1920-1922 the average wage was £210 a YEAR (inclusive of bonuses and overtime)
Evening Post, 22 Oct 1929
RIVER HOTELS DESTROYED
WANGANUI, This Day. The old Upokongaro Hotel on the Wanganui River, about seven miles from the city and a new hotel alongside, not quite completed, were swept by fire yesterday afternoon. The old building, which was a tow-story, wooden structure and recently condemned, made ready fuel and burned fiercely before a south-east wind which carried the flames across the intervening space of 50ft to the new single-story structure, the roof and other wooden portions of which were burned. The insurances on the building are not available, but the new building was not insured and the contractors, Messrs Walpole and patterson, are losers to the extent of about £2000
Auckland Star, 24 Oct 1929
OLD & NEW HOTEL DAMAGED BY FIRE
A fire which broke out at the Upokongaro Hotel last Monday destroyed the old building and seriously damaged the new one which was nearly completed
New Zealand Herald, 26 Oct 1931
ASSAULT ON CONSTABLE SEVEN DAYS IMPRISONMENT
George Thomas McGovern, licensee of the Upokongaro Hotel, was to-day fined £20 for being in a state of intoxication while in charge of a motor-car. He was sentenced to seven days imprisonment for assaulting Constable Hollinshead by kicking him on the face while being placed in a taxi. For obscene language he was fine £5, in default one month in gaol. Mr J. H. Salmon, S.M., refused to alter his decision in regard to imprisonment
* George (1900-1976) was aged 31 at the time
Auckland Star, 26 Aug 1936
MAN BEFORE COURT, Wanganui, Tuesday
On the night of January 4, Joyce(possibly John) Edward Symonds, with a party which included two girls, motored to the Upokongaro Hotel in the early hours of January 5 and obtained liquor. One of the girls was intoxicated and was later charged. Symonds was charged this morning with committing a grossly indecent act, with procuring liquor during the currency of a prohibition order and with negligent driving. Due to appear on summons he disappeared but gave himself up. This morning he pleaded guilty to all charges. On the indecency charge he was sentenced to two months imprisonment and was convicted and ordered to pay costs on the other charges.
Mr J. H. Salmon, S.M., in referring to the girls having been given liquor said he considered such conduct disgraceful and any young fellow who would take out girls in this way and give them drink was a young blackguard
UPOKONGARO HOTEL 1860s
use this ZOOM OPTION to see lots more
* the Upokongaro birth, death, marriages
* the Upokongaro Hotel
* the Upokongaro Ferry
* the UPOKONGARO SCHOOL
In 1866, settler John Kennedy built a hotel and store (later the post office), see above link
A school was built in 1870, known from 1873–1879 as the North Makirikiri or "River Bank" school. The schoolroom functioned for Anglican services in the mid 1870s, but in 1877 St Mary's Anglican Church was built.
this green = North Makirikiri School
this green = River Bank School
this green = Upokongaro School
TIMELINE for UPOKONGARO School
Wanganui Herald, 24 Feb 1871
NORTH MAKIRIKIRI SCHOOL TEA MEETING
The s.s. PIONEER, will leave Bett and Robertson's wharf, on Tuesday, the 28th instant at 5p.m. Return tickets 3s to be had of Bett & Robertson
Wanganui Herald, 29 March 1871
RIVER BANK SCHOOL Mrs Morrison's 2nd quarter will commence on Monday the 3rd April 1871
Mary (nee Pearce, 1827-1885) married Walter John Morrison (1830-1874) in New Plymouth in 1855. She opened a 'young ladies' school on the Beach in Patea in 1867 (read Walter's bio below). Mary later opened a similar, Boarding & Day School, at Ashby House, Church Place, Wanganui.
* In 1881 daughter Ada Morrison (1858-1938), resumed her Music Pupils there
* They also had a son, John Edgar Morrison (1856-1857) who died at 8 months
Taranaki Herald, Sep 1874
Obituary for Walter John Morrison It was but the other day we had to announce the death of an old settler who had left the Province, we have now the same painful task in recording the demise, at Wanganui, of Mr Walter John Morrison, who died on Wednesday morning last, of inflammation of the lungs. Mr Morrison was well known in this Province and before the native outbreak held an office in the Provincial Survey Department. On the war breaking out in 1860, he was appointed a captain of the militia and when the military settlers were raised, had a company given him in that force. On his term of service expiring he settled on his land at Patea, where he remained till the Tito Kowaru outbreak took place in 1868, when, after serving for a short time in a military capacity, he took up his residence at Wanganui, where he was engaged in business to the time of his last illness. Mr Morrison had many friends here, who will read with regret this announcement of his death.
Wanganui Herald, 3 Nov 1885
Obituary for Mary Morrison On November 1st, at Wicksteed Street, Wanganui, Mary, wife of the late Walter John Morrison, of Taranaki and Wanganui, aged 58 years. Friends are informed that the funeral will leave her late residence, Wicksteed Street, this (Tuesday) afternoon, the 4th instant, at 6.30 o’clock. W. J. Wild, Undertaker.
As we feared would be the case, Mrs Morrison has succumbed to the painful affection from which she had suffered greatly during the last twelve months, ever since about this time last year when she had an operation performed. The deceased lady, who was the widow of the late Captain Morrison, of Taranaki, had been resident in Wanganui for a considerable number of years, having after the death of her husband conducted a successful boarding-school for young ladies. Mrs Morrison was a lady of a high and noble character, who was most esteemed and appreciated by those who knew her best and she will be much missed by those who leaned upon her for advice and counsel. Her daughter and her sister (Mrs Weston) will receive the genuine sympathy of the public in the great loss which they have sustained.
Headstone & burial register, Wanganui Cemetery, Heads Road
(aka Old Public cemetery / Old English cemetery)
"Sacred to the beloved memory of Walter John Morrison late Captain of the Taranaki Military Settlers, he died 23rd September 1874 aged 44 years; also of Mary his wife, died 1 November 1885 aged 58 years."
Wanganui Herald, 9 Jan 1872
Mrs Morrison will re-open River Bank School, Wanganui, on Wednesday, the 17th inst. Mrs Morrison has accommodation for boarders
* This ad ran numerous times a year until 1876 which implies 2 different schools?
Wellington Independent, 3 Feb 1872
PROVINCIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE
Notice has been received at this Office that, at a Meeting held on 18th December last, Mr A. L. CARLYON, was elected Chairman of the School Committee of the above District. HENRY BUNNY, Provincial Secretary
Wanganui Herald, 15 July 1873
ELECTION OF A WARDEN
The election of a Warden for No 4 Ward Wangaehu Highway District, vice Mr C. Iveson, whose seat became forfeited by non-attendance, will take place at noon on the 25th inst at the Upokongaro school house. We hear of only one candidate, Mr John Piercy, in the field.
Wanganui Chronicle, 19 Aug 1875
WANGAEHU HIGHWAY DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given under the 20th clause of "The Highways Act 1874" that the meetings for the elections of Wardens in the above district will take place as follows and that I have appointed Mr Charles Hart Ashforth as Presiding Officer of said meetings:-
No 1 Ward, at School House, Kaitoke, on Saturday 28th August, at 12 noon
No 2 Ward, at School House, Marangai, on Monday 30th August, at 12.30 p.m.
No 3 Ward, at Gordon's Coach House, Campbeltown, on Tuesday 31st August, at 12 noon
No 4 Ward, at Upokongaro School House, on Wednesday, 1st September, at 1 p.m.
No 5 Ward, at Upokongaro School House, on Wednesday, 1st September, at 2 p.m.
No 6 Ward, at Matanongonga School House, on Thursday, September 2nd, at 2 p.m.
No 7 Ward, at Matarawa School House, on Saturday, September 4th at 1 p.m.
JOHN MORGAN, Chairman
Wanganui Chronicle, 19 April 1876
Before proceeding to detail the progress which has taken place towards the founding of an educational establishment for the benefit of the youth of the Makirikiri (Upokongaro) district, which is to be inaugurated under the affiliated system, it will not be out of place to lay before our readers a brief extract, showing the working of this latest innovation in the programme adopted by the Education Board, from which will be apparent the special advantage thus accruing to remote or sparsely populated districts, where otherwise the establishment of schools would be next to impossible. The following outlines will answer the desired purpose:- AFFILIATED SCHOOLS. Whenever the average number of scholars on the roll of a Board school, taken monthly, shall fall below twenty-five for any six months, such school shall be subsidized as an affiliated school, two half-time schools counting as one school ...
The settlers of Upper Makirikiri, induced chiefly by the repeated representations of two of the settlers, Messrs Parker and Brownlee, forwarded a petition to have their district assisted by the provisions of this affiliated system and a grant of £40 was promised by the Board, the settlers to contribute the balance of the required amount for the purpose of annual endowment, the only provision being that the schoolmaster, who was appointed to the post must be approved of by the Board. A Mrs McDonald is now temporarily conducting school in a room in her own house, but an acre of land having been granted by Mr Brownlee, the erection of the new schoolhouse will be proceeded with immediately. In order to distinguish the school from another of the same name near Marton and out of compliment to the donor of the site and who has been mainly instrumental in bringing the project to its at present stage, the school will in future be known as Brownlee. The distance from Kennedy's is about 6 miles and from 15 to 20 children will be benefited by the establishment of an educational institution in the locality. The timber will be on the ground in a few days and no time will be lost in hastening the completion of the work. A local school committee has been appointed, of which body Mr McClosky has been elected chairman and it is pleasing to observe the unanimity, earnestness and harmony which is the prevailing feature at their meetings.
The Brownlee is the first school which has been established under the affiliated system and the satisfactory working of the Act in this respect, as exemplified in its establishment and progress so far, should act as an inducement to other schools similarly situated, to go and do likewise.
The Upokongaro school will be reopened to-day, so Mrs Corden, the teacher, intimates. In reference to this last-named institution, we learn that when a claim still preferred by Mr Kennedy - and which we are given to understand is a just and legitimate charge - shall have been settled, the present schoolhouse will probably be converted into a dwelling-house and a new and more commodious building for accommodation as a schoolroom will then be erected. It is more than probable that the Board will recommend the payment of this loan, as it is admitted on all sides that this debt ought to be cleared off, so that we may expect to hear before long that the proposed alteration is in course of progress.
It is very reassuring to learn that the settlers in the Upokongaro district are making such praiseworthy efforts in order to secure the benefits of education for their children; and it is equally gratifying to be assured that the member of the Board for the district, Mr John Fleetwood, loses no opportunity of furthering and assisting such beneficial measures by every means in his power. At the meeting of the Board and privately, throughout the district, he is assiduously active in seeing to the necessities of the residents, in matters wherein his office is concerned. We look to this anxiety in matters educational, as one of the most promising features of the district and one of the surest indications that its population will prove self-reliant, energetic, united and progressive.
Evening Post, 29 June 1876
Mr Fleetwood moved "That the River Bank School be built at once, now that the title to the site had been made good" This was agreed to and the Board then adjourned (Tenders were ordered to be called for on 8 July 1876)
Wanganui Herald, 11 Dec 1876
RIDING OF WAIPAKURA
Notice is hereby given, that the election of one member for the Riding of Waipakura, in the County of Wanganui, will be held at the River Bank School, Kennedy's, on Friday, the 22nd instant.
All Candidates must be nominated at the above named school, in the manner prescribed by the 11th clause of "The Regulations of Local Elections Act, 1876" on or before noon of Friday, the 15th instant. JOHN NELSON, Returning Officer
Wanganui Chronicle, 23 Feb 1877
The Country Schools Mr Lee's Report ...
The River Bank (Upokongaro) - Mr Nelson has only been in charge two months. The late master was thoroughly incompetent. The school promises to do better work.
Brownlee - A small schoolroom has been built and for a time 14 children were schooled by Mrs Macdonald. At the time of my visit, the school was practically closed and since only 4 children are returned on the books. The settlers met me at Upokongaro and explained that it was useless for me to visit the school as they had been dissatisfied with the mistress and had taken away their children. It is a small affiliated school and the whole matter rests in the hands of the settlers who are responsible for stipend and can remove the teacher by giving her due notice. They have, however, failed to comply with the conditions of an affiliated school and do not seem to have understood their responsibility; but they now look to you Board to help them out of the difficulty.
Wanganui Chronicle, 10 March 1877
NORTH MAKIRIKIRI SCHOOL (To the editor of the Chronicle)
SIR, - In reading over Mr Lee's school report, I find that he says he was met at Upokongaro by the settlers, who were dissatisfied with me as a teacher and that it was useless for him to visit my school on that account. As my name has appeared in print, I think it but justice that the cause of this dissatisfaction should be publicly examined. I am at a loss to know wherein I have failed to give satisfaction, as I have done far more that the duties required of be by the Education Board. In October the Inspector wrote to me to the effect that on or about the 8th of the following month he would come up and see my school if I deemed such a visit of inspection necessary. I replied that I did think it highly necessary and hoped that he would come, not only to examine the children but also to enable him to judge of the condition of the school house and its surroundings. Several papers were forwarded to me from the Board of Education, which were to fill up and make ready for the Inspector's visit. All was duly prepared, the appointed time arrived, day after day and week after week passed, but no appearance of the Inspector. I had, further, prevailed upon my husband to stay at home for two complete weeks, which was a considerable loss to us, as he had only just them met with employment that he was sure of being paid for. Not that alone; but time after time I sent my little boy a distance of several miles in order to get a little butter or milk so that I might at least be able to offer the Inspector something in the way of refreshment when he arrived. So matters went on for a considerable time, no word having been sent to tell me that the Inspector had altered his intention with regard to paying the promised visit. However, the cruelty of two of the crew fully displayed itself. Not content with withholding from me my hard earned money, they actually went down, it appears, to dissuade the Inspector from coming to examine the children and thus give me at least the credit due me as a teacher. The small room referred to has never been finished, furnished of inspected. There is no approach to it, consequently it has never been used as a schoolroom; The decision of the magistrate with regard to payment, on the part of the settlers, has already appeared in your columns. Now, the school report distinctly points out that the settlers are responsible for my stipend. With their vaunted wealth of broad acres and sheep and cattle, surely they will now consent to pay their poor teacher and let her go. I am only waiting here for payment of the few pounds which are due to me, after which I hope to find another sphere of labour, either in Wanganui or in the district.
"l'homme propose et Dieu dispose" (Man proposes and God disposes) I am, &c., J. MACDONALD. Makirikiri North
Wanganui Chronicle, 19 April 1877
KAIKOKOPU RIVER BANK SCHOOL
Fourth Quarter of this School begins TO-DAY, Wednesday, 18th instant
Wanganui Chronicle, 1 Feb 1879
UPOKONGARO SCHOOL PICNIC
The children attending the Upokongaro School, with their parents, had a pleasure trip to the Heads on Tuesday in the steamer Irishman. On Thursday the prizes were distributed by Mrs Montgomerie, of Eaglesham; Mrs H. Montgomerie and Mrs Copeland also attended, The prizes were provided by the committee, who also defrayed the expenses of the picnic; £12 was collected from the district settlers, to whom the committee desire to return their thanks. The new committee were elected on Monday evening. Members - Captain A. Montgomerie, Messrs Robertson, Owen, C. Smith, Edward Smith, J. Alland and D. Thurston
Wanganui Herald, 18 April 1879
Revised Tenders wanted for the erection of Schoolhouse at Upokongaro. Plans and specifications may be seen at the offices of the Education Board, Wanganui. Tenders addressed to the Chairman, Upokongaro School Committee, will be received up to 12 noon on Friday, the 25th April.
Wanganui Herald, 5 July 1879
UPOKONGARO, MAKIRIKIRI AND RIVER BANK
The settlers residing in the above districts are requested to attend a meeting, to be held in the Upokongaro School Room at 5 o'clock on Tuesday Evening, the 8th inst., for the purpose of considering the best means of DEFENDING their districts during the present disturbances at Parihaka
Wanganui Chronicle, 27 Oct 1879
Letter from Mr A. Montgomery, Chairman of Upokongaro School Committee, requesting the Board to form and metal footpath in front of new schoolroom. The Secretary was instructed to reply that the Board have no funds available for the purpose.
Wanganui Chronicle, 19 Dec 1879
The entertainment given some ten days ago at Upokongaro in aid of the funds of the school, was a great success, sufficient money being cleared to enable the Committee to treat the whole of the children to a visit to the Circus, then performing in Wanganui and also leaving a reserve fund wherewith to purchase prizes at the beginning of the year.
Wanganui Herald, 31 Jan 1880
UPOKONGARO - The following report was adopted at the school meeting on Monday last:- The retiring Committee of the Upokongaro School have much pleasure in calling the attention of house-holders to the commodious schoolroom which has been erected during the year and which was opened previous to the Christmas vacation. The Education Board have been applied to for a further grant, to enable your Committee to provide better accommodation in schoolmaster's residence and complete fencing of playground etc. Should the request be complied with, the Upokongaro School will be all that can be desired. On the opening of the schoolroom an amateur entertainment was held. The thanks of the community are due to the ladies and others who very kindly rendered their assistance on this occasion. The proceeds, after paying some necessary expenses, were applied to taking all the children to Chiarini's Circus and the balance has been expended in the purchase of prizes, which have been given to the children. The school is gradually increasing and the average attendance last quarter was 32, being an increase of ten on last year. At the annual examination, held the first week in November, the Inspector expressed himself much pleased with the progress made. Twenty-seven children were up for examination, all of whom passed as follows:- First Standard, 8; 2nd Standard, 2; 5th Standard, 1. In conclusion we beg to express our appreciation of the kindly interest which Mr Nelson always takes in the welfare of the school and we consider the district fortunate in having secured his services. A. MONTGOMERY, Clerk of committee.
Wanganui Herald, 12 Feb 1880
PRISONERS BUILDING THE SCHOOL
At the R.M. Court to-day before E. Hardcastle, Esq., R.M., the two young men William Moore and Edward Dooley, were brought up on remand, charged with forging a letter, purporting to be written by the Chairman of Upokongaro School Committee. Prisoners had been employed as carpenters to finish the erection of the school, the original contractor having failed. Mr Ross, the architect, refused to pass the work, until certain improvements were carried out and a day or two afterwards the prisoners brought a letter purporting to be signed by Mr Montgomerie, stating that the Committee were satisfied with the additional work. The letter was sent on to the Sec. of the Education Board, who declined to pay the balance of the contract account until he received a certificate from the architect. This was given by Mr Ross, who thought the letter brought by the accused was a genuine one. When the letter was taken back to the Secretary with the certificate, the accused was told that the letter was not in Captain Montogmerie's writing, nor signed by him. On being asked where they got the letter from, Moore replied that he got it from his mate and his mate got it from the school-master Mr Nelson. The Secretary refused to recognise the letter and the Architect finding it was a forgery, tore off his certificate. At this stage the Court adjourned
Wanganui Chronicle, 9 March 1882
For 10 to 12 chains of Post and Rail Fencing for the Upokongaro School Ground. Tenders will be received up to the 31st March 1882. For particulars apply to JOHN KENNEDY
Wanganui Chronicle, 12 April 1882
PRESENTATION to the SCHOOLMASTER
At a meeting of the Upokongaro School Committee held at the schoolhouse on Saturday last, a purse of twenty sovereigns, accompanied by a very handsome testimonial, was presented to Mr John M. Nelson, the schoolmaster of the district. The testimonial is done in true lawyer's style and is far before many we have seen of a similar nature. It is worded as follows:- "Testimonial to Mr John M. Nelson - We the undersigned residents in the Upokongaro, River Bank and Makirikiri Districts desire to express to you our warm appreciation of your kindness and diligence during your residence for the past five years in our midst. Not only as a schoolmaster of much experience do we esteem you, but as being able to successfully identify yourself with everything that has tended to the advancement of our district. How best to promote the health and happiness of the pupils entrusted to your charge has been you constant study and at the same time you have ever been foremost in encouraging them in all their recreative exercises. We wish you every happiness and prosperity in the new path of life you have lately entered on and in order that you may keep the same in lively memory, we beg you to accept of this testimonial, together with the accompanying present as a small token of the respect and esteem in which we all join in holding you." Here follow the signatures of parents and residents in the district.
Wanganui Chronicle, 10 Dec 1885
LOCAL and GENERAL
The Upokongaro School Committee purpose treating their school children to a picnic and outing to-morrow
Wanganui Chronicle, 11 Aug 1891
The ANNUAL EXAMINATION
of the Upokongaro School was held on Friday last. The percentage of passes on the number examined in Standards, omitting exceptions, was 94.4. The following are the names of those who passed the different Standards:-
STANDARD 1 - James Caldwell, John Church, Noel Robertson, Joseph Slat and Sophia Georgetti
STANDARD II - Alexander Allan, Dudley Brooks, George Church, Augustine Georgetti, John Georgetti, Ernest Randal and Agnes Allcott
STANDARD III - William Taylor, Kate Cullincane and Charlotte Allcott
STANDARD IV - Clara Taylor
STANDARD V - Valentine Meredith
Wanganui Chronicle, 6 Jan 1892
For the vacancy in the Mosstown teachership, the Committee have selected Mr W. McLean, at present master of the Brunswick School and for Patea, Mr Rockell, master of the Upokongaro School. This will leave vacancies for masters at Brunswick and Upokongaro.
... It was decided that Mr Welsh, of the Wanganui Boys' School, keep Upokongaro School open until a teacher is appointed and that Mr McNaught, the relieving teacher, be sent to Foxton temporarily.
Wanganui Chronicle, 24 July 1893
LOCAL AND GENERAL
We have been requested to state that the Upokongaro School, which has been closed on account of the measles, will be re-opened on Monday 31st July
Feilding Star, 26 April 1894
Mr A. E. Walsh, of the Upokongaro school, has been selected by the Pohangina School Committee as successor to Mr Woodham, the retiring school teacher.
Wanganui Chronicle, 29 Nov 1894
A letter was received from the Chairman of the Upokongaro School Committee, pressing the necessity for certain urgent repairs to the building, which also requires painting badly. It was decided to instruct the carpenter to undertake the necessary repairs as soon as possible.
Wanganui Chronicle, 17 Dec 1894
SCHOOL BREAK UP
The Upokongaro School "broke-up" for the Christmas holidays on Friday 14th December. Owing to the unavoidable absence of Mr D. Ross, Chairman of Committee, Miss Richardson distributed the prizes. The following is the prize list:-
STANDARD V - Willie Taylor, 1st
STANDARD IV - Ernest Randal, 1st
STANDARD III - James Caldwell and Charles Humphrey, equal 1st. Herbert Randal 2nd, Willie Ford 3rd
STANDARD II - Charles Taylor 1st, Beatrice Gomez 2nd, Willie Allen 3rd
STANDARD I - Violet Allcock 1st, Colin Campbell 2nd
INFANTS - Mary Gomez 1st, Grace Allcock 2nd, Irene O'Connor 3rd
Janet Caldwell and Walter Randal secured the good conduct prizes kindly presented by Mr Hodges. In the evening the Sunday School children were delighted with the games and tea provided for them by their teacher, Mrs Rowe.
Wanganui Chronicle, 29 April 1896
SCHOOL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
At the election of the Upokongaro School Committee on Monday evening, Mr D. Ross was elected chairman for the sixth time in succession.
Wanganui Chronicle, 30 Oct 1896
Mr T. D. McCosh, of the Motoua School, near Foxton, who holds an E4 certificate, has been appointed to succeed Mr Richardson as Master of the Upokongaro school.
Wanganui Herald, 30 Sep 1898
The annual examination of the Upokongaro School was held on the 26th inst., and was conducted by Mr Milne, Inspector. The following pupils passed their Standards:-
STANDARD VI - Charles Tylor, Willie Ford
STANDARD V - Claude Smith, Henry AllCock, Jessie Campbell
STANDARD IV - Colin Campbell, Arthur Allen, Rose Philpot, Violet Allcock, Sarah Philpot, May Taylor
STANDARD III - Hector Brooks, Arthur Boby, Grace Allcock
STANDARD II - Henry Church, Ewen Allen, Douglas Broadbent, Flora Philpot
STANDARD I - Bobbie Caldwell, Thomas Philpot, Willie Allcock, Toki Tahana, Wiki Tahana
*ALLCOCK, 4 of 9 children of James Allcock (1847-1908) & Agnes Tait Nicholson (1859-1949):
James 'Henry' Allcock (1883-1965)
- married Lorna Pearl Hogan in 1925
Violet Allcock (1885-1934)
- Violet died in Marton. She is buried Row XII, Block 3, RSA section of Mt View Cemetery. Her headstone reads: In loving memory of VIOLET ALCOCK died 17th November 1934 aged 48 years. Erected by Dr W.S.R. Dick and Mrs Welsh
Grace Allcock (1887-1961)
- married Alfred Old in 1909
William David 'Willie' Allcock (1890-1917)
*PHILPOT, 4 of 12 children of Thomas Gurney Philpot (1856-1951) & Sarah Ann Woolford (1863-1945):
Rose Philpot (1885-1910)
- married Frederick Henry Jenkins in 1905. Died the month after 14 month old daughter Verna Rose Jenkins (1909-1910)
Sarah Ann Philpot (1886-1957)
- married Lewin Lewis in 1910
Flora Woolford Philpot (1888-1936)
- married Bernard Arkwright Staniforth Thompson Cox 1913
Thomas Gurney 'Willie' Philpot (1889-1978)
- married Agnes Kerr-Mills in 1911
Wanganui Herald, 14 Dec 1898
The annual picnic in connection with the Putiki Native School will be held at the Aramoho Tea Gardens on Friday next. The Upokongaro School also intend patronising this popular resort the following Friday.
Wanganui Herald, 16 Dec 1899
The prizes won at the Upokongaro School were presented to the successful pupils in the Schoolroom yesterday by Mrs T. Rowe. The following is the prize list, Inspector's Marks:-
STANDARD IV -Willie Inkpen 1, Bernard Smith 2, Hector Brooks 3
STANDARD III - Douglas Broadbent 1
STANDARD II - Bobbie Caldwell 1, Bella Wilks 2, Willie Allcok 3
STANDARD 1 - Northcott Rowe 1, Hugh Caldwell 2, Jessie Philpott 3
PREPARATORY CLASSES - All the pupils got a prize
The attendance prizes were won by Alfred Allcock and Jessie Philpott
Wanganui Herald, 18 Nov 1902
CONCERT & DANCE
We are please to see Mr Charles Smith, one of our most respected settlers, back form his six-months' trip round the beautiful Coral Islands of the South Pacific.
The concert and dance, held in the hall on the 14th inst., in aid of the prize fund of the Upokongaro school children, was a great success in every way.
At the annual examination of the Upokongaro school, held on the 12th inst., by Mr Milner, inspector, the following children passed their standards:-
STANDARD VI - Grace Allcock
STANDARD V - Willie Allcock. Fred Freeman, Bella Wilks
STANDARD IV - Hugh Caldwell, Muriel Brooks
STANDARD III - Joshua Wilks, Edith Caldwell, Constance Hodder
STANDARD II - Alfred Allcock, Alfred Barns, Mabel Marshall, Ada Rowland
STANDARD 1 - Charles Allan, Stafford Allen, Samuel Brooks, Leonard Cladwell, D'Arcy Preston, Eva Hodder
Wanganui Chronicle, 4 May 1903
FUND RAISING DANCE
A dance in aid of the Upokongaro School Library is to be held at the Court Theatre, Upokongaro, on Friday, the 15th instant. The music will be supplied by Mrs Lockett.
Wanganui Chronicle, 13 Nov 1903
The Upokongaro School was examined by Mr Gray, Chief Inspector, on Tuesday, November 10. The following pupils passed their respective standards:-
STANDARD V - Muriel A. Brooks (Muriel Alice 1890-1928)
STANDARD IV - Cornelius Crowley, Ferdinand Hodder, Edith Caldwell, Constance Hodder
STANDARD III - Alfred Allcock, Alfred B. Barns (Alfred Balmer Barns 1892-1965), Hannah Crowley, Mable Marshall, Ada Rowland
STANDARD II - Charles Allen, Stafford Allen, Sam Brooks, Leonard Caldwell, D'Arcy Preston, Maggie Hickey, Eva M. Hodder (Eva May 1895-1932)
STANDARD I - Jack Hickey, George Marshall, Ivy G. Allen, Rose Barns, Irene A. Caines (Irene Alice 1893-1971)
Wanganui Herald, 25 Sep 1905
ANOTHER CONCERT and DANCE
The concert and dance on Friday night last in aid of the Upokongaro School Prize Fund was a great success. The hall was crowded. Mr E. W. Smith made ab able chairman. The programme of concert was food and every item was very much appreciated. The following ladies and gentlemen contributed:- Miss Ross, overture; Miss Stringleman, pianoforte solo; Messrs O'Donnell, Jago and Allcock, recitations; Miss Ashton, Misses Powell (2), Messrs Penhall, De Lahey, Baker and Taylor, songs; tableaux: The Tin Gee-gee; The Runaway Match; Two are Company, three a crowd. A feature of the evening was a descriptive song, which had to be repeated. A dance followed and was kept up till the small hours of the morning. Messrs Baker and Brooks made excellent M.C.'s and Mrs Lockett supplied the music. An excellent supper was supplied by the ladies.
Marlborough Express, 9 March 1907
A HEROIC SACRIFICE
A sad drowning accident occurred yesterday afternoon.
The children of the Upokongaro school, with their parents and friends, went up the river to Karawhaiki for a picnic. A boy got our of his depth and two ladies - Mrs C. F. Giesen and Miss Kate Campbell - lost their lives in trying to rescue him. The bodies have been recovered. The boy was saved.
From the meagre particulars available it appears that a son of Mrs Giesen's was bathing and got into difficulties. His mother went to his assistance but was unable to save the lad and was drowned. Mr Fred Barns, a cousin of Miss Campbell's, hearing screams, rushed to the spot and succeeded in getting the boy out of the water, but was unable to save the ladies. Mr Giesen, who was at the races, was immediately communicate with and made acquainted with the sad news and with two of his boys, who had come to town for the flower show, left for home immediately. Constable Issell left for the scene of the fatality at 3 o'clock this afternoon, taking dragging apparatus with him for the recovery of the bodies.
later particulars received just as we go to press state that the party to which the unfortunate ladies belonged had gone up-river with the Upokongaro School children in Mr J. Nixon's large oil launch to Kaiwhaiki. The lad was bathing in the river and got out of his depth. His mother went to his assistance and being unable to swim was carried out by the current, as was also Miss Campbell who had also gone to the rescue
* Mrs C. F. Giesen was Sarah Jane nee McCracken (1870-1907) was 37. She had married Charles Frederick Giesen (1865-1841). Charles next married Ellen Caroline McCracken (1874-1947), Sarah's sister?
* Kate Lucy Campbell was 26. Daughter of Robert Campbell & Frances Ellen Woodward.
Wanganui Chronicle, 27 Dec 1907
At the end of a very successful school concert in the Upokongaro Hall on Friday, 20th inst., Mrs T. Rowe distributed the prizes as follows:-
HIGHEST MARKS - D'Arcy Preston, Albert Tasker (Mr Preston's prizes), Ivy E. Allen (Mr Sylvester's prize)
SPELLING - D'Arcy Preston, Alice Caines
NEEDLEWORK - Ada Rowland, Ivy E. Allen (Mrs Ross's prizes), Lucy Caines (Mrs Harper's prize), Mary Allan (Mr Poynter's prize)
Mr J. S. ALLCOCK'S SILVER MEDALS - Alfred Caines, Mary Allan,
Mrs ROWE'S PRIZES - Wilfred Giesen, Rose Barns
ATTENDANCE - Stafford Allen, Albert Tasker, Harold Tasker
STANDARD VI - D'Arcy Preston, Staffird Allen, Eva M Hodder, Ada Rowland
STANDARD V - Ivy E. Allen, Clifford Watson
STANDARD IV - Wilfred Giesen, Alfred Caines, Rose Barns, Irene Caines, Alfred Caines, Rose Barns, Irene Caines, Jack Freeman
STANDARD III - Albert tasker, James Allen, Mary Allan, Fred Allcock, Fred Watson, Lucy Caines, Amelia Freeman
STANDARD II - Edward Allcock, James Wilks, Jessie Allan
STANDARD I - Cyril Giesen, Lovis Giesen, Frank Hodder, Olive Caines
PRIMER CLASSES - Every pupil received a prize
Wanganui Chronicle, 11 Sep 1911
PLAIN and FANCY DRESS
In aid of the Prize Fund of the Upokongaro School, to be held in hte Upokongaro Hall, Friday, September 15, 1911. To commence at 8 o'clock. Admission 2s 6d; Ladies 1s
Wanganui Chronicle, 18 Dec 1911
On Friday afternoon a number of parents assembled in the Upokongaro Schoolroom, when the prizes were given out to the pupils by Mrs H. V. Hammond, The prize-list is:-
ATTENDANCE - James Wilks, Hilda Wilks
HIGHEST MARKS - Hubert Cairnes, Helen Anderson
ARITHMETIC - John Fleming. Hilda Wilks (Mr Forbes' prize)
NEEDLEWORK - Olive Caines, Nellie Clark (Mrs Hammond's prizes), Dulcie Holder, Hilda Wilks (Messrs A. D. Willis and Co's prizes), Maraea Riwi, Helen Anderson, Mary Caines, Olive Johnson, Martha Freeman, Zilah Anderson (Mrs Ross's prizes)
STANDARD V - Spencer Fleming, Chas. Major, Edward Allcock, James Wilks, Olive Caines, Dulcie Holder, Nellie Clarke
STANDARD IV - Laurence Anderson, John Fleming, Harold Tasker
STANDARD III - Ernest Tomsett, Bertie Fleming, Lorrie Major, William Blennerhassett, James Walker, Hilda Wilks, Maraea Riwi, Sylvia Nelson, Wiki Pehi
STANDARD II - Hubert Caines, Arthur Watson, Harold Major, Stanley Tellke, Ellis Garde
STANDARD I - Kenneth Tomsett, Arthur Blennerhassett, Rangi Taumatangi, Frederick Olds, Helen Anderson, Mary Caines, Martha Freeman, Olive Johnson
PRIMER CLASSES - Every pupil received a prize
Most popular boy - Charles Major
Most popular girl - Olive Caines
Wanganui Chronicle, 12 Dec 1912
Mr H. V. Hammond waited on the Board in regard to the site for the Upokongaro School and reported that owners would not sell land. The Board decided to consider the matter and, if necessary, take necessary land under the Public Works Act.
Wanganui Chronicle, 8 Oct 1913
USING THE FERRY
Mr Glenn said that 13 children passed over the ferry every morning to attend the Upokongaro school. The nearest other school was at Aramoho, four miles away. The amount of traffic had shown a reduction this year.
Wanganui Herald, 23 Feb 1914
A meeting of Ladies will be held in the Upokongaro School to-morrow (Tuesday), 24th inst., at 3.30p.m. Business - To raise funds for the Carnival. Mrs SCOTT, Convenor
Wanganui Chronicle, 24 Feb 1914
Miss Dowling, prior to her departure from the Upokongaro School, had the whole of her scholars conveyed into town and treated them to an afternoon's entertainment on Saturday at His Majesty's. A very excellent programme was screened and the pictures were thoroughly enjoyed by old and young alike.
Wanganui Chronicle, 22 Oct 1914
MOVING THE SCHOOL
The chairman spoke in terms of appreciation in the way the Upokongaro school was conducted, Referring to the building, he said it was on the boundary, flush on the road line and there was an enormous amount of traffic on the road. It would coast £50 to remove it back. It was decided that this work be done in the Christmas holidays. Speaking of the teacher's residence, which is one of the Board's latest, the chairman said it was quite a treat to go through it and it was a credit to the builder
Wanganui Chronicle, 7 Nov 1914
ON THE FERRY
The Education Board wrote agreeing to pay for the carriage of the school children attending the Upokongaro school across the ferry, but stipulated that the children must be conveyed in the punt and not in a boat.
Wanganui Chronicle, 21 Dec 1917
At the distribution of prizes on Wednesday at the Upokongaro school, the district was well represented by the presence of parents, old pupils and friends of the school. The prizes were given out by Mrs H. V. Hammond, who congratulated the teachers and pupils on the successful work of the year. The following is the prize list:-
ARITHMETIC - Norah Scott, Wilson Anderson
SPELLING - Laura Carde, Henry Newman
WRITING - Ethel Watson, Rangi Taumatangi (Miss Caine's prizes)
NEEDLEWORK - (Mrs D. Ross's prizes) Laura Carde, Ethel Watson; (Mrs H. V. Hammond's prizes), Helen Caines, Ada Tohi, Maggie Keriopa, Milly Patea; (Mrs Poynter's prize) Norah Scott, Margaret Terow, Pearl Andrews, Agnes Nicholson, Alice Nicholson, Grace Watson, Mary Huurinui, Haromi Hawkins
MOST POPULAR GIRL - Laura Carde
MOST POPULAR BOY - Rangi Taumatangi
STANDARD VI - Rangi Taumatangi
STANDARD V - Laura Carde, Leigh Andrews, Henry Newman, Cecil Watson
STANDARD IV - Wilson Anderson, Ethel Watson, Pearl Andrews
STANDARD III - Ernest caines, Oliver Newman, Morris Watson
STANDARD II - Ethel Cook, Violet Talbot, Ata Tohi, Make Tawaroa, Willie Te Hua
STANDARD I - Norah Scott, Agnes Nicholson, Doris Rowe
PRIMER CLASSES - Every pupil received a book as a present
There were three pleasing presentations at the end; one to Mrs D. Ross who has given prizes in needlework for 20 years, this being presented by Miss Caines on behalf of the old girls and present girls of the school, another to Mr McCosh, head teacher, presented by Miss Laura Carde, on behalf of the pupils and another to Miss McCormick, assistant, given by Master George Anderson
Wanganui Herald, 18 Dec 1919
UPOKONGARO SCHOOL PRIZE LIST
On Tuesday morning there was a good attendance of parents, when the prizes were given out by Mrs Dunlop.
The following is the prize list:
ATTENDANCE - Reginald Dunlop, Ethel Cook
ARITHMETIC - Willson Anderson, Fay Andrews, George Anderson, James Farley
SPELLING - Reginald Dunlop, Ethel Cook, Eileen Cook
DRAWING - Wi Para
NEEDLEWORK - Pearl Andrews, Olive Chappell, Maharita Sutherland, Irene Chappell, Fay Andrews, Mary Hurinui, Mary Ewart, Marjorie Rutherford, Mavis Wilson, Lucy Rutherford, Mavis Wilson, Lucy Rutherford
MOST POPULAR GIRL - Ethel Cook
MOST POPULAR BOY - Reginald Dunlop
STANDARD VI - Wilson Anderson, Pearl Andrews, Olive Chappell
STANDARD IV - Reginald Dunlop, Ethel Cook, Nellie Beggar, Irene Chappell
STANDARD III - Agnes Nicholson, Makarita Sutherland, Oliver Biggar
STANDARD II - Alice Nicholson, Kathleen Dunlop, George Anderson, Dick Poti
STANDARD I - Eileen Cook, Fay Andrews, Helen Caines, Grace Watson, Mary Hurinui, Kathleen Watson, Doris Waldron, James Farley, William Sutherland, Wi Para, Gwynne lawrence, Hurinui Toss, James Ewart, Pou Patea
PRIMERS - Every pupil received a prize
about 11km upstream from the Wanganui Town bridge, St Mary's Church and the ferry, which crossed the river at that village. The mouth of the Makirikiri stream is on the right near the bottom of the photo
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the UTTINGs on my tree as at 13th October 2010
1. Utting, Charles William (1883 - 1968)
2. Utting, Clifford John (1907 - 1980)
3. Utting, Emily Gertrude (1905 - 1984)
4. Utting, Frank Percy (1909 - 1977)
5. Utting, Frederic James (1887 - 1984)
6. Utting, Frederick Clement (1861 - 1950)
7. Utting, Harry Victor (1904 - 1965)
8. Utting, Herbert/Henry Martin (1885 - 1903)
9. Utting, Walter Edwin (1893 - 1935)
10. Utting, William Christopher (1890 - 1972)
the V SURNAMES buried in PORIRUA, Wellington toMay 2011:
VA Faaloloto 58 Years Burial 1992
VA'A Tuivale Saia Tualetonu 61 Years Burial 1983
VA'AI Tua Sionimo 57 Years Burial 1993
VA'ALELE Maryah 19 Days Burial 2002
VA'ALEPU Ioane Fa'aesea 59 Years Burial 2007
VA'ASA Pokina 24 Years Burial 1976
VA'ASILI Baby Not recorded Burial 1975
VAEA James 62 Years Burial 1979
VAEA Tauanga Willie 71 Years Cremation 2003
VAEGA Pafuti 71 Years Burial 1998
VAEGA Tiumalu Leaisemanueolo 49 Years Burial 2003
VAEGAU Laukava 69 Years Burial 2009
VAGIN Ghon 27 Years Burial 1916
VAHUA Marta 61 Years Burial 1995
VAI Faraimo Galumalemana Mulipola 47 Years Burial 1991
VAILAHI Patahi 74 Years Burial 1998
VAILALO-SAVAIINAEA Luisa Vaaitino 71 Years Burial 1993
VAILEPA Motuoloa Simi 48 Years Burial 2008
VAILEPA Palysami Sally 16 Years Burial 1997
VAILEPA Veronica G Not recorded Burial 1994
VAIMALU Skylah 3 Months Burial 2007
VAINETUTUI Pau 47 Years Burial 1988
VAISALO Iosefo 69 Years Burial 1996
VAISALO Mikayla Tito Sefo Stillborn Burial 1998
VAKAKINI (VAEA) Tuainekore 48 Years Burial 1990
VAKATINI Kuri 51 Years Burial 2011
VAKATINI Tutai-o-Kurariti 32 Years Burial 1995
VALENTINE Peter Lionel 18 Weeks Burial 1961
VALLANCE Elsie Kirkwood 70 Years Cremation 1993
VALLANCE Eric David 86 Years Cremation 2006
VALLANCE Gordon John 71 Years Cremation 2000
VALLANCE Marjorie Isabella 74 Years Cremation 1992
VALLANCE Richard Keith 80 Years Cremation 2004
VALOAGA Samuelu Fola 69 Years Burial 2009
VALOIS Allan Thomas 83 Years Cremation 2007
VALOIS Marcia Anita 83 Years Cremation 2008
VALSTER Antonie 80 Years Cremation 2008
VALSTER Petronella 71 Years Cremation 2000
VALU Anastasia Tupai 74 Years Burial 2005
VALU Selina 27 Years Burial 1995
VALUEAGA Tofiga 32 Years Burial Unknown
VAN BOLDEREN Dianne Elizabeth 24 Years Burial 1974
VAN CAMPFORT Michael Foetal Death Cremation Unknown
VAN DALEN Bernard 64 Years Cremation 1993
VAN DAM Fern Lillian 82 Years Cremation 2007
VAN DE LINDT Karl 24 Years Cremation 1985
VAN DE MOLEN Annette Not recorded Burial 1965
VAN DELDEN Gerard 69 Years Cremation 2004
VAN DEN BERG Pieternella Johanna 77 Years Cremation 1999
VAN DEN BROEK Willem Louis Fritz 40 Years Burial 1984
VAN DEN DUNGAN Cornelis 74 Years Cremation 2000
VAN DEN ENDE Thomas 79 Years Cremation 2009
VAN DEN ENDE Thomas 79 Years Ashes Burial 2009
VAN den HEUIJ Arnoldes 66 Years Burial 1995
VAN den HEUIJ Caroline Elizabeth Jane 81 Years Burial 2002
VAN DER ERF Jansje 89 Years Cremation 2003
VAN DER HORST Petronella Maria 74 Years Cremation 1984
VAN DER LEE Harry Jacobus Gerardus 70 Years Cremation 2001
VAN DER STORM Gerarda Anthonia Theresia 66 Years Cremation 1994
VAN DER VEGT Theodor Johanna's 50 Years Burial 1988
VAN DIGGELE Arie 74 Years Cremation 1996
VAN DOOREN Maaika 84 Years Cremation 1993
VAN DORRESTEIN Shane Matthew 2 Days Cremation 1988
VAN DYK Hendrik 69 Years Cremation 1988
VAN GELLEKOM Johannes Phillipus 99 Years Cremation 2010
VAN GELLEKOM Joseph 63 Years Cremation 2005
VAN HALTEREN Margaret 78 Years Cremation 1987
VAN HENSBERGEN Jessie 89 Years Cremation 2009
VAN LEEUWIN Tountjen 81 Years Burial 1968
VAN LIEMPT Margaretha Frederika Anna (Gretta) 56 Years Cremation 2001
VAN OOYEN Adrian Johannus 58 Years Cremation 1993
VAN OOYEN Gerrietje 78 Years Cremation 2009
VAN RIET George Johannes 82 Years Burial 2009
VAN RIJN Cornelia 82 Years Cremation 2004
VAN RIJN Cornelia 82 Years Ashes Burial 2004
VAN RIJSSEL Antje Lena 12 Weeks Burial 1999
VAN RIJSWIJK Clare Margaret 34 Years Burial 1976
VAN ROSSUM Antonius Jysbertus 73 Years Cremation 2001
VAN STAVEREN Henry 78 Years Cremation 1998
VAN VEEN Eldert (Eddy) 53 Years Cremation 2005
VAN VELS Lute 75 Years Cremation 2003
VAN VELS Maria Elisabeth 67 Years Cremation 1998
VAN VELZEN Kathleen Lila 53 Years Burial 1987
VAN VLYMAN Bernardus Jozef (Ben) 80 Years Burial 2006
VAN WANROOY Ronnie 27 Years Burial 1996
VAN WEEDE Margery Ethel 95 Years Cremation 2002
VAN-GINKEL Leendert Dirk Martinus 68 Years Burial 1995
VAN-WANROOY Arnoldus Johannes 59 Years Burial 1995
VANDENBERG Jacobus 75 Years Cremation 1994
VANE-CAMPBELL George Everitt 80 Years Burial 1980
VANEY Herbert Patrick Vincent 73 Years Burial Unknown
VANGIONI Joseph Louis 69 Years Cremation 1982
VAOA Galome 52 Years Burial 1990
VAOA Mose 13 Years Burial 1997
VAOESE-BROWN Wisler Stillborn Burial 2008
VAOGA Tusiga Tiperi 57 Years Burial 1986
VAOLIKO Aselemo Stillborn Burial 1984
VAOLIKO Vanessa Maria 28 Years Burial 2005
VAOTUUA Taliaoa Lelia (Rev.) 59 Years Burial 1999
VAOVASA Keakea 86 Years Burial 1990
VAOVASA Okesene 75 Years Burial 2004
VAOVASA Tusiga 49 Years Burial 1993
VARCOE Clara Catherine 85 Years Cremation 1995
VARCOE Thomas Edward 94 Years Cremation 2000
VARDEY April Ngatokarua Stillborn Cremation 1990
VANEY Herbert Patrick Vincent 73 Years Burial Unknown
VANGIONI Joseph Louis 69 Years Cremation 1982
VAOA Galome 52 Years Burial 1990
VAOA Mose 13 Years Burial 1997
VAOESE-BROWN Wisler Stillborn Burial 2008
VAOGA Tusiga Tiperi 57 Years Burial 1986
VAOLIKO Aselemo Stillborn Burial 1984
VAOLIKO Vanessa Maria 28 Years Burial 2005
VAOTUUA Taliaoa Lelia (Rev.) 59 Years Burial 1999
VAOVASA Keakea 86 Years Burial 1990
VAOVASA Okesene 75 Years Burial 2004
VAOVASA Tusiga 49 Years Burial 1993
VARCOE Clara Catherine 85 Years Cremation 1995
VARCOE Thomas Edward 94 Years Cremation 2000
VARDEY April Ngatokarua Stillborn Cremation 1990
VARDEY Muriel Erica 73 Years Cremation 1999
VARE Kyra Ivey 73 Years Cremation 1994
VARLEY Evelyn Angus 91 Years Cremation 2000
VARLEY Jayne Anne 53 Years Cremation 2010
VARLEY Thomas Arthur 94 Years Cremation 1996
VARNHAM Charles Douglas 81 Years Cremation 1985
VARNHAM Eveline Mary 85 Years Cremation 1997
VARNHAM Warner John Leeson 81 Years Cremation 1984
VAUGHAN Alice Jane 65 Years Burial Unknown
VAUGHAN Donald Leslie 83 Years Cremation 2001
VAUGHAN Harriett 71 Years Burial Unknown
VAUGHAN William Harry 78 Years Cremation 1990
VAUGHAN-DAWKES Richard Charles 59 Years Cremation 1996
VAUSE Albert Edward 69 Years Cremation 1988
VAVEGA (SIAMANI) Mele 19 Years Burial 1997
VEALE Edith 72 Years Ashes Burial 1966
VEALE Mary Campbell McCallum 78 Years Cremation 1992
VEENSWYK Johannes Bartholomeus 47 Years Burial 1985
VEGGERS Margaret Ann 71 Years Cremation 2002
VEITCH Anthony John (Tony) 56 Years Burial 2006
VEITCH Michael Hardinge 68 Years Cremation 1995
VEITCH Norman Robert 67 Years Burial 1972
VELDHUIZEN Albertus 80 Years Cremation 2002
VELLA Andrew 67 Years Burial 1951
VELLA Mary McLeod 83 Years Burial 1981
VELLA May Not recorded Burial Unknown
VELLA Paul Phillip 84 Years Burial 2010
VELLA Peter Victor 66 Years Cremation 1990
VELLA Samuel Francis Not recorded Burial 1983
VENIALE Melagi Higano 67 Years Burial 2009
VENN Pamela May 74 Years Cremation 2007
VENN Thora Maud 85 Years Cremation 1997
VENN William Frank Ronald (Bill) 73 Years Cremation 2009
VENNER Peter William Not recorded Cremation 2003
VENNING Charles 43 Years Burial Unknown
VENTRY-SMITH Muriel Hilda Ivy 83 Years Burial 1981
VENUS Ronald Ernesto Joseph 85 Years Cremation 2004
VER POORTEN Bernardus Gersrdus Hendrickus 70 Years Cremation 1998
VERLAQUE Maureen Carmel 86 Years Cremation 2008
VERMUELEN June Francis Rachel 72 Years Burial 1993
VERMUELEN Peter Cornelius Johannes 72 Years Burial 1989
VERNER Brian Charles 78 Years Cremation 2010
VERNER John 58 Years Burial 1995
VERNON Albert Edward 65 Years Cremation 1991
VERNON Dora 85 Years Cremation 2002
VERNON Harry 83 Years Cremation 1997
VERNON Patricia Naomi 72 Years Cremation 2006
VERNON Sarah 98 Years Cremation 1986
VERRAN John Bennett 84 Years Ashes Burial 2009
VERRAN Murray Not recorded Cremation Unknown
VERTELMAN Anthonius 74 Years Cremation 1991
VESTY Graham Russell Not recorded Cremation Unknown
VESTY Mariana Valentine 59 Years Cremation 1997
VETTORI Dianne 19 Years Burial 1978
VETTORI Edward John 53 Years Burial 2009
VETTORI Henry Not recorded Ashes Burial 2004
VETTORI Ian Walter 55 Years Burial 2010
VETTORI Monica Ngametua 64 Years Burial 1988
VEYSEY Alexander Reid 74 Years Cremation 2002
VIBERT Donald Raymond 82 Years Cremation 2000
VIBERT Errel 80 Years Cremation 2005
VIBERT Paul Owen 31 Years Burial 1973
VIBERT Phyllis Madge 64 Years Cremation 1982
VICARS Esme Patricia 74 Years Cremation 1997
VICARS Robert Douglas 70 Years Cremation 1991
VICKERS Edith Mary Florence 78 Years Burial Unknown
VICKERS Mark Dalton 72 Years Burial Unknown
VICKERS Miriam 61 Years Ashes Burial 1967
VICKERS Ruby 59 Years Burial 2002
VICKERSTAFF Ellen Edith 61 Years Burial Unknown
VICKERSTAFF Marie Doreen 63 Years Cremation 1992
VICKERSTAFF Norman Jack 77 Years Cremation 2002
VILE Margaret Helen 73 Years Cremation 1998
VILIAMA Meafou Aleni 29 Years Burial 1990
VILIAMU Pou 46 Years Burial 1974
VILIAMU Tanielu (Danny) 55 Years Burial 1996
VINCE Richard Samuel 93 Years Burial 1962
VINCENT Bruce 24 Years Burial 1970
VINCENT Donald Ernest 62 Years Burial 1984
VINCENT Herbert Edwin 85 Years Burial Unknown
VINCENT Hine Iti Te Ao Not recorded Burial 2005
VINCENT Irene Gertrude 48 Years Burial Unknown
VINCENT Joan Floyd 69 Years Cremation 1994
VINCENT Richard 48 Years Burial Unknown
VINCENT Rita Maude Not recorded Cremation 1989
VINCENT Steven Herbert 19 Years Burial 1974
VINE Herbert William 35 Years Burial Unknown
VINES Elizabeth 87 Years Cremation 2002
VINNELL Bernard Roy 65 Years Cremation 1988
VINSON Joseph 58 Years Burial Unknown
VIRTUE David Wilson 79 Years Cremation 2007
VIRTUE George 89 Years Burial 1993
VIRTUE Martha Agnes 80 Years Burial 1985
VISESIO Eusenio 65 Years Burial 1990
VITO Joseph 56 Years Burial 1989
VITO Senio 49 Years Burial Unknown
VIVIAN Mary 73 Years Burial Unknown
VIVIAN William Martin 43 Years Burial Unknown
VIZI Frank 52 Years Cremation 1990
VOGT George William 41 Years Burial Unknown
VOICE Alma Dororthy 77 Years Cremation 1993
VOICE Donna 39 Years Ashes Burial 2008
VOICE Donna Michelle 39 Years Cremation 2008
VOICE Eileen Evangeline 74 Years Cremation 1985
VOICE Lionel James 88 Years Cremation 1999
VOICE Russell William Theodore 75 Years Cremation 1993
VOLK Federico 51 Years Burial 1986
VOLK Gloria Eveline Not recorded Burial 1990
VOLKS (VALK-DEGEN) Johanna Antonia 74 Years Burial 2000
VOLLMOND Ib 77 Years Cremation 2001
VON TUNZELMAN Victor Emanuel 95 Years Cremation 1987
VOONG Xuan Phuong 35 Years Burial 1992
VOSCHEZANG Alex 68 Years Burial 1996
VOSCHEZANG Matauimalo Faala'a 58 Years Burial 1992
VOSSER Maxine Margaret 48 Years Cremation 2010
VOWLES Brandon Ernie 16 Years Cremation 1985
VOWLES Ernest 67 Years Cremation 1986
VOWLES Lionel Victor 28 Years Ashes Burial 1978
VOWLES Marion Joy 72 Years Cremation 1996
VOWLES Natasha Lee 12 Days Burial 1983
VOYCE Betty Margaret 68 Years Cremation 1990
VOYCE Phoebe Gwendoline 77 Years Cremation 1990
VREEBURG Cornelis 79 Years Cremation 2006
VREEBURG Cornelius (Kees) 79 Years Ashes Burial 2006
VUCETICH Barbara Mary 49 Years Cremation 1999
VUCETICH Colin George 88 Years Cremation 2007
VUCETICH Jocelyn Inez 48 Years Cremation 2000
VUIARD William 50 Years Burial Unknown
VUKEEVIC Veselinka 47 Years Burial 2005
VYVOLOKINA Raissa 75 Years Cremation 1996