Historian to relive journey
On Saturday, November 3, 1912, a model T Ford left Wellington and travelled up the Ngaio Gorge and Old Porirua Road through Tawa Flat to Porirua, en route to Auckland.
The journey was made by Arthur Chorlton, Ernest Gilling and Harold Richards.
They encountered many difficulties along the way, but King Country posed extreme problems.
There were no formed roads north of Taumaranui through this region.
However, there were thought to be several bridle and bullock tracks, some used when the railway was being built.
The men had no maps, there were no signposts, and several rivers had to be negotiated – without the luxury of a bridge.
Throughout the epic journey the trio encountered appalling weather con- ditions.
In 2012, there was a re-enactment of the trio’s journey by motor historian Roger Gardener, driving a similar vehicle.
Gardener will talk about his journey at the Porirua Club, Lodge Place, on Sunday, September 28, 4pm.
The talk is being sponsored by Porirua Historical Association. Admission will be free.
Treacherous conditions: Travel through King Country a century ago was dangerous and not for the fainthearted.