Bells among mu­seum gifts

The Northland Age - - Local News -

An­other suc­cess­ful dance ar­ranged by the Fair­burns Hall So­cial Com­mit­tee was held last Satur­day evening. Al­though the at­ten­dance was not quite as large as on pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, the fair crowd there had a very en­joy­able evening, with mu­sic by Mrs. Coul­ter and Mr. Greaves, and Mr. Rex Daw­son as MC.

A Monte Carlo waltz was won by Joanne Kitchen and Sid­ney Greaves, and a nov­elty pa­per dance was en­joyed by the chil­dren.

The win­ner of the turkey was Mr. T. Trigg and the choco­lates were won by Brian Daw­son.

A very nice sup­per was served and danc­ing con­tin­ued un­til mid­night.

— De­cem­ber 20, 1968

un­com­mon vis­i­tor.

Mr. Blucher saw the bird at close range for some hours as it cir­cled the look­out at a great speed, not­ing its pe­cu­liar flight, its “floun­der” tail and its colour­ing.

From the notes and de­tailed sketch he sent to the North­land Age, Mr. R.H. Michie, Kaitaia, had no dif­fi­culty in iden­ti­fy­ing it.

He said that the birds ap­pear af­ter east­erly storms and ap­par­ently have been blown down the Pa­cific from Ja­pan.

They have oc­ca­sion­ally been re­ported fur­ther south, but re­cently two were seen at Mr. Mal­colm Matthews’ prop­erty.

They are not known to have es­tab­lished them­selves here, but if this was a breed­ing pair they may be­come more com­mon as did swal­lows.

— De­cem­ber 6, 1968 Ex­hibits re­ceived at the of­fice of the Kaitaia Bor­ough Coun­cil over the last few days in­clude both Eu­ro­pean and Poly­ne­sian ar­ti­cles.

A horse bell sent up by Mrs.

Janet Carpenter of Pa­pakura was found by her and her brother, Charles Hutchin­son in 1886 on the fam­ily farm at Fair­burns, and was used there­after for many years as a din­ner bell.

Made of bronze, it bears the leg­end “Suc­cess to four-horse teams” and must have been lost from some other early set­tler’s horse or cow as it stayed through what was then thick bush.

A first-day cover from Colonel Allen Bell’s flight with Ge­orge Bolt to the Bay of Is­lands and Awanui has also been re­ceived.

The Maori ar­ti­cles are four small adzes, two of them par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing. One is Marl­bor­ough blue argillite of the Moa Hunter pe­riod which was ap­par­ently be­ing re­worked when it was lost, and the other is a flat­tened oval in sec­tion with a blade evenly ground on each side, and quite un­like the typ­i­cal later North­land Maori adze.

Th­ese came from Mr. V. C. McDon­ald, Kaitaia.

The bor­ough coun­cil of­fice or the other col­lec­tors are anx­ious to re­ceive other ex­hibits on loan for a spec­i­fied term or as a gift. Col­lec­tors in­clude Dr. W. F. Parkes and Dr. B. Gre­gory, Messrs. R. Fos­ter, D. Vin­cent, J. San­ders, and Mrs. Amy Archibald.

— De­cem­ber 6, 1968

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