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History Group

So far we have had two speakers at our meetings this year who have been very interesting.

At our first meeting in March Richard Hart talked to us about his research on the flax milling industry in Te Puke in the 1900’s Most people were not aware how important this was to the area before dairying and then later kiwifruit growing took place.

In May Tommy Wilson from Pirirakau in Te Puna came and spoke about the French connection that his family and others in Te Puna have. It was interesting to hear about his visit to Honfleur in France.Tommy also talked about the valuable social work his group does in the Greerton area in Tauranga.

The updated Omokoroa history book Colin Pettigrew compiled has proved very popular and has now almost sold out. We have sold over 320 copies and may consider another reprint in future if we receive enough orders to make it financially viable.

We plan to have an evening function in August or September to display our collection of historic photos and to show some of our historic videos for the benefit of the many new people coming to the area. We will advertise this in the Omelette and with notices in the local shops and library.

The History Group has had another busy year. We have continued our history articles for the Omelette each month. This year we have included some pictures of early settler houses as well as further bach stories and an article on the history of the Settlers’ hall dating back to 1928.

A story board for the Wall family Lynley Park Jersey dairy stud farm which existed for over 8o years has been made and is with the WBOPDC ready to be erected in the Lynley park area.

For ANZAC day and especially to remember Gallipoli this year we mounted a display of historic pictures in the library as well as a display at the school.

The major achievement has been the up dating of the Jenny Woods’ book on Omokoroa and in particular the history of the Gellibrand/Crapp family dating back to 1877. Colin Pettigrew has done a marvellous job with this book and the first printing of 200 copies has sold already. We are now well on the way selling the second print of 125 copies.

A big thank you goes to all those who supported us and in particular the Resource centre and the WBOPDC matching fund as well as many members of the Crapp family who made this venture financially viable.

Jocelyn Hicks – President of the Omokoroa History Group