A trip to Rus­sell

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Eleven mem­bers the Kaitaia Friend­ship Club set off on an ex­cur­sion to Rus­sell re­cently, cross­ing by the ferry from O¯ pua. By all ac­counts it was a very en­joy­able day, de­spite the odd shower and a power cut.

The itin­er­ary in­cluded Pom­pal­lier Mis­sion, where they were given a guided tour of the fa­mous one-time print­ery. They were told the press had been brought to New Zealand from France, and saw how a page would have been set up and printed. Forty-thou­sand prayer books were printed there over seven years, their pages bound to­gether by hand and then cov­ered with leather, pro­duced at the on-site tan­nery.

The vis­i­tors were also shown the tools that were used in each step of mak­ing the leather.

Next stop was Christ Church, where the mus­ket holes in the walls and needle­work cush­ions on the pews were of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est.

Af­ter lunch at the Duke of Marl­bor­ough, a visit to Flagstaff Hill and a drive over to Long Beach, the party headed home.

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