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Bookbinder Reveals the “Tricks of the Trade”


Rosie-Anne Pinney from Cambria Craft Bindery in Nelson conducted a bookmaking workshop in the Tasman District Library last week.

But that was not all.  She also explained the steps she would take to restore a bound book which was in need of repair.  Trained by a master bookbinder in Oxford, Rosie Anne who lives in Nelson, can now offer her skills to us in New Zealand.

She showed us how the pages were folded and stitched and  an example of a book she had restored with traditional book cloth.  She  even uses the older organic glues to match the original product.   In her workshop she also has available lead type which is matched to the original font when reprinting a title on the front cover.

The small group which attended were appreciative and were soon involved in making their own booklets using simple implements and following straightforward steps.

A simple A5 booklet with stitched pages using a template, an awl (not shown) to make holes, a diagram showing the direction of sewn thread and a printed cover (supplied ).

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Are there any Wratts in your Family Tree?


We have been looking up my husband’s family.  George Ratt came to NZ in 1841 on the “Clifford” to Nelson.  He died in Spring Grove  on the 30th April 1873.

His son George Wratt came as well aged 20.  He was given 12 acres plus five acres of Section  34 in the Spring Grove, Waimea West area.

William farmed the land as the Georges were carpenters known as Waimea West Carpenters and Undertakers.  George and with Hannah moved to Canvastown,  Marlborough.

 

Any more information about this family would be welcomed.  Contact Brenda directly at the address below.

 

Brenda Wratt

bm.wratt@xtra.co.nz

 

Nelson’s 175th Anniversary Year of European Settlement


On the 1st February, 2017, it will be 175 years since the first four emigrant ships: Fifeshire, Mary Ann, Lloyds and Lord Auckland arrived in Nelson Haven, carrying our pioneer ancestors from Britain. Over the course of the year 15 more would follow.
We would like to encourage all families clubs, societies and organisations in the Nelson Province to recognise this in some way during the year.
We would also like to publish in Window on Wakefield photographs of any houses in and around Wakefield which were built before 1920. We may have a photo of your house on file, but if you think we haven’t please feel free to send us one (the most interesting side) in jpg format. Include the name of the family who first owned it and (if possible) the year of construction as well as your address.
Send your e-mail to the address printed in the magazine
With the title: Nelson’s 175th Birthday

George Harvey’s Hop Kiln


Early spring rain had turned to a bright, sunny afternoon when about 12 of our members visited George Harvey’s hop kiln in Mahana on 27th September.

Our guide, Eileen Thawley is a third generation descendant of George who had build the kiln on land granted to him by the Crown in 1913.  When that kiln was destroyed by fire in 1938, it was quickly rebuilt according to the original plans and on the original footprint the following year.  It therefore still qualifies to be registered as an historic building with the local council and Heritage New Zealand.

Since hop growing is no longer carried out on the farm, it is set up as a small museum with original tools and equipment together with historical items connected with the Harvey family.  Many photos copied and enlarged from  family albums adorn the walls, illustrating how this cottage industry worked.

Eileen is a mine of information and we greatly appreciated her easy recall of facts and incidents relating to the workings of the hop garden and apple orchard over three generations. It was satisfying to think that her knowledge will not be lost but will continue to be told by other members of the Harvey family in the future.

Later that same afternoon we visited the Moutere Hills Public Cemetery in Gardeners Valley Road where Eileen was also able to be our guide as her family had been the guardians of this public amenity over the years.

A very informative and enjoyable afternoon  concluded with afternoon tea at the Upper Moutere Cafe.

Members gather to listen to Eileen Thawley (Harvey) give some background to the family farm's operations.

Members gather to listen to Eileen Thawley (Harvey) give some background to the family farm’s operations.

The second kiln building built on the the original footprint about 1900 after the first kiln was destroyed by fire.

The second kiln building built on the the original footprint about 1900 after the first kiln was destroyed by fire.

Two young figures at work picking hops into a portable bin which could be moved around the garden as the hops were cut. Note the bushel measure used for measurement. (36.37 liters)

Two young figures at work picking hops into a portable bin which could be moved around the garden as the hops were cut. Note the bushel measure used for measurement. (36.37 liters)

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An invoice from Buxtons, the local buyer, for a bale of hops from the Harvey farm.

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An unusual headstone in the Moutere Hills cemetery in Gardener’s Valley Road. Sadly there is no name.

ALL GUTS – NO GLORY : The Author Speaks


The guest speaker at our meeting on March 22nd was Cheryl Carnahan March History meet 2016 006 the author of All Guts – No Glory March History meet 2016 003– a history of the role nurses and chaplains played in World War I with a particular focus on  Nelson.  (Almost 60 nurses and 14 chaplains came from the Nelson area.)  She was assisted by Bob McFaddenMarch History meet 2016 010 who presented some very interesting information about the hospital ships Maheno and Marama.  Cheryl also  acknowledged the assistance she had received from a team of researchers from the Nelson Genealogical Society.

This detailed and well documented work has filled a gap in our knowledge of the special part nurses played during this terrible time and of the hardships they endured.  Having to put their uniforms under their mattresses at night to prevent them being stiffened by the cold is just one example.  It was rather suprising, however,  to hear about the attitudes of New Zealanders towards them when they returned  and the reluctance to acknowledge their important role in World War I.

Mention was made of the sinking of the Marquette (not a hospital ship)  when 10 nurses lost their lives and how Ina Coster survived for 10 hours in the water.

Strict rules governed the appearance and operations of hospital ships.  They were painted white with a wide green stripe running from bow to stern.maheno-postcard  Three large red crosses were painted in prominent positions along the sides but they were unescorted and carried no guns.  The Maheno was in Anzac Cove in August 1915 and later transported 320 convalescing soldiers back to New Zealand.  Overloading was not uncommon – during the Somme offensive some carried up to 3 times the number of wounded that they were designed for.

Members were able to purchase signed copies of the book at the end of the meeting.

It is currently available in bookshops.

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 17 trips to carry that many people.

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2015 in review


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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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STARTING THE RUTHERFORD TRAIL


On Sunday May 3rd our group visited Nelson College.  We were keen to see what memorabilia was held by the oldest secondary public school in New Zealand.

Our journey began at the Scriptorium, an impressive memorial building erected by the Old Boys of the college after World War II to honour those who took part in that conflict.

The northern wall of the Scriptorium overlooking the city.

The northern wall of the Scriptorium overlooking the city.

In the entrance floral tributes still remained following the observance of Anzac Day.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERA     SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAInside in a central position was a painting of one of the school’s greatest war heroes, Group Captain Leonard Henry Trent VCSANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHe had been a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III, participated in the Great Escape, was recaptured almost immediately but because of his immediate surrender was spared execution.  Fifty of his comrades were not so lucky.   After his return home he saw further action during the Suez Crisis.

However, the man whom we had really come to see was a local boy – Ernest (Lord) Rutherford who also attended Nelson College.  SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe story of a Brightwater boy who from humble beginnings came to be a peer of the realm through his discoveries in nuclear physics is displayed on a succession of panels, which toured the country in 2002 and is now attached to the wall of a corridor in the science block   SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERAWe hope to produce: first a tourist brochure highlighting all the places in the area which are connected with Rutherford and perhaps later a booklet which contains the information on the panels.