Tell Tairua’s herstory
Tairua’s first women voters areremembered for the special part they played in Tairua’s history — or “herstory” — as the town is treated to A Night of Golden Memories until Saturday.
“These women had no phone, internet, cars, bus service — as I understand it any roads were basic tracks and transport was horse and cart, or by water over the bar,” says Tairua Heritage Group member Auriol Farquhar, who has written and directed a show loosely based on characters who lived in Tairua from 1875 to 1890.
Auriol says it’s likely Tairua’s first women voters would have registered at the Post Office.
“These women should be remembered as a special part of Tairua’s Herstory.” The show, A Night of Golden Memories is performed in music hall format, with songs and humour, by The Tairua Heritage Players from November 22-24. The group formed last year to tell the town’s stories in drama and music, giving residents the chance to learn about Tairua’s past.
Tickets are available from the Tairua Information Centre. Audiences get a light supper, a cash bar with a musical medley by Accordionaires in the interval
Parliament voted Women’s Suffrage on September 19, and less than two months later these Tairua women registered to vote in the Bay of Plenty: Allen, Christina — Widow Beckett, Mary Ann — Household Duties
Curry, Mary — Domestic Duties, husband Henry a millhand
De Thierry, Harriett — Household Duties
Edmonds, Rachel — Dressmaker Gearod, Jane Agnes — Housewife, husband George a millhand
Johns, Martha — Household Duties, husband Peter a millhand
Joyce, Eden Harriette — Household Duties
Laycock, Annie Mabel — Domestic Duties
Laycock, Eliza — Domestic Duties, Farming family
Marsh, Annie — Household Duties, husband George was a gumdigger
Simons, Elizabeth — Household Duties
Walters, Amelia Jane — Spinster Walters, Sarah — Household Duties (relative William Walters was a millhand).
Jean Raw of Neavesville is also remembered, whose husband was the publican.
Tairua’s first women voters are being commemorated for the special part they played in Tairua’s history.