Bowlers Wharf work un­cov­ered

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Har­bourview Rest Home staff had a peep at Porirua’s dis­tant history on June 12.

They un­cov­ered the his­toric earth­works of the Bowlers Wharf cause­way that was built in 1844 and is one of the only sig­nif­i­cant his­toric sites in the Porirua basin that has been un­seen for many years.

The rest home, in con­junc­tion with Porirua Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers and Porirua City Coun­cil, has ex­posed the cause­way so the public can have a look at part of Porirua’s history and also to keep the area well main­tained for the lo­cal wildlife.

Bowlers Wharf is named af­ter Wil­liam Bowler, the first Euro­pean set­tler at Pa­pakowhai.

He built a jetty as well as es­tab­lish­ing a trad­ing store. The jetty was dam­aged in an earth­quake in 1848 and ef­fec­tively de­mol­ished in another in 1855.

From left, Gail Smith, Daniel Fearon and Shane Whaanga from Har­bourview Rest Home, Mana MP Kris Faafoi and his as­sis­tant James Baigent at the site of Bowlers Wharf.

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