Tales of Tokoroa’s past worth telling
Bill Machen is keen to see a Tokoroa Historical Group formed and is looking for support.
The long- standing South Waikato resident and district councillor said he has been interested in its history for many years.
‘‘ With the year 2015 approaching I am aware that next year will not only be the centenary of the landing of Anzacs at Gallipoli, it will also be 100 years since the opening of the first school in Tokoroa.
Since that time many things have happened to the town and its people, he said.
‘‘ From its beginnings as a small farming community to the satellite town of New Zealand’s biggest industrial complex with almost a population of 20,000 and then its return to a more rural-based community.’’
Over the past few years Machen said he has collected a number of jubilee books and magazines, university theses as well as newspaper reports that cover ‘‘goings on’’ in the Tokoroa area since its beginnings as a named area in the late 1870s.
‘‘I am aware that the Tokoroa Library has very little in the way of source material for anybody to reference the history of the area or its people and I find that disappointing.
‘‘[It] does hold micro-film copies of the South Waikato News and the Putaruru Press but unfortunately their reader printer is broken and users are not able to recover documents they may need for looking up matters of interest or matters regarding genealogy.’’
He said those interested in the town’s history should attend a meeting to be held at the Tokoroa Club tonight starting at 7pm.