A trip to Russell
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.