Tell Tairua’s hers­tory

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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.

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Tairua’s first women vot­ers are be­ing com­mem­o­rated for the spe­cial part they played in Tairua’s his­tory.

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