Bells among museum gifts
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
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