His­to­rian to re­live jour­ney

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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.

Photo: COLO­NIAL MO­TOR COMPANY

Treach­er­ous con­di­tions: Travel through King Coun­try a cen­tury ago was dan­ger­ous and not for the faint­hearted.

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