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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Them ?
« on: Saturday 10 February 18 08:28 GMT (UK)  »
Hello again.

In the clip below I've blue underlined a word, that makes sence to me if it should read 'them' but by comparing with the letter 'm' as written in the line above and below I'm uncertain. The whole context of the paragraph could change if I get the word wrong.

Part of 1873 correspondence where a 'native' is enquiring of the Government about obtaining land title, following the first survey of the area, and the issuing of Militia title grants to the lots so surveyed.

The applicant having been a traditional squater in the area, wanted to be able to settledown without being moved on each time a Militia family took ocupation of their land grant, and the native family, had to abandon their huts and family cultivations.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 2 / out of ........?
« on: Monday 05 February 18 09:40 GMT (UK)  »
Hello from NZ.

I've just been sent a copy of correspondence sent to Parliament.

It's late and I'm tired [and lazy] and would appreciate a second opinion on how I should read that part of this correspondence that reads;

not pass - - Government's hands.

Is it an abreviated form of writing pass "to or out of" Government Lands?

Thanks for any opinion expressed.


Europe / Thomas BRUGMAN - unclaimed body Dargaville NZ.
« on: Thursday 01 February 18 22:19 GMT (UK)  »

A sad story with possibly a Dutch heritage connection.

If you have a suggestion, possibly best that the discussion takes place on the New Zealand forum, and by Personal Message if discussing the living.


New Zealand Completed Requests / Funeral Home dilemma - Thomas BRUGMAN, Dargaville.
« on: Thursday 01 February 18 03:50 GMT (UK)  »

The 'lonely dead.'

Has anyone come across this family name in genealogy research. If so a Dargaville funeral director, may like to hear from you.

- Alan.

PS the funeral home of J W HART have their own web page for direct contact details.

New Zealand Completed Requests / 2018
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 11:05 GMT (UK)  »
All the best for 2018


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Happy New Year to the team
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 11:02 GMT (UK)  »
All the best,

It's a fantastic voluntary service that you provide us with.


PS was too late home Christmas Eve, but as I find myself still researching as the clock ticks over, grabed a photo and posted.

New Zealand / Hamilton WHO'S WHO 1966-67, Public Relations Office publication.
« on: Saturday 30 December 17 03:08 GMT (UK)  »

The BRADY post prompted me to go hunting through old cartons in storeage, for the above publication.

Unfortunately the sub-contractors did not get a mention, but with 196 pages in total, a lot of businesses did, with addresses and phone numbers that could be cross checked with other sources.

Some 30 pages devoted to office bearers in a host of civil and social organizations.

Prepared to do look-ups for those that can track a relative to Hamilton in the mid 1960's.  As people mentioned therein could still be alive, PLEASE make your request via the PM private message service.


Hello again.

Hopefully if I did it right, attached is a comparison board made up of two photos that I would appreciate the experienced opinions of those like of Jim1, as to what they think the odds are that the photos are of the same missionary. Standing inside c 1845 and standing outside by window 1859.

What you see is as good as I can get. No originals to be scanning at higher resolution etc. Lucky to have any image, or wood cut print 160+ years on.

I will not name the subject as GOOGLE informs the world within 48 hours to any general search, which is not helpful, should identification later be proven to be inaccurate.

Validating claims on that search engine proves to be a major issue with my research, BUT having said so it is a great luxury being able to find material from the comfort of my own home, than having to travel to some distant archive.

-   Alan.

The 1854 photo is credited with being J MORGAN, and the 1859 is a crop from his Mission School Class of 1859.  - Alan.

New Zealand / Rev. Hohaia NGAHIWI d. Hukanui, Waikato September 13, 1894
« on: Tuesday 12 December 17 20:49 GMT (UK)  »
Kia Ora

Anglican Rev Hohaia NGAHIWI died at Hukanui, Waikato on September 13th 1894 and was interred at Taupiri on Saturday the fifteenth.

Hohaia was one of the early graduates, of the Rev Morganís CMS Otawhao Mission School [Te Awamutu], rising to become itís School Principal when in 1863 the Mission staff had to vacate due the Maori uprising. Hohaia and his family stayed on for a year, as caretaker and protector of the Mission facilities.

In 1864 the Crown leased the facilities for a garrison, and the Rev NGAHIWI relocated to Hopuhopu and joined the faculty at the Taupiri CMS Mission.

His pastoral care area included the Maori community at Hukanui, where he was later to settle. He became a very respected elder, and in his later years was a secretary to King Tawhiao, who died a few weeks before Hohaia, on August 26th, 1894.

In fact, just six months earlier, Hukanui could be said to have been the first Turangawaewae [a place to stand]. Under Hohaiaís stewardship Hukanui had hosted Maori Affairs Minister & Premier, Richard SEDDON, when the Government of the day, came as a delegation to Hukanui, and not Hukanui to Wellington. A special dining hall was built for the visit.

All the major newspapers devoted large column inches to report on the visit, with the local Waikato Times devoting a page and a third to the trip. Such was the Hukanui occasion, that met for over five hours.

A Mr Reid and a Mr Day [sic DEY Borough Councillor ?] of Hamilton are reported as having photographed the trip, and the big meeting attended by several hundred Maori. Yet to find any surviving evidence of those photos that were taken.

My extensive research, and a large archive of press clippings I can make available to living descendants, however I donít subscribe to social media, and have no subscription to any of the family tree registering sites.

The surnames of POURAU and of TAUTA have recently posted material on GENi re Hohaia but I have no way of making contact. If anyone can facilitate an introduction via the RootsChat PM service, I would be happy to share what I have.

Our Pioneer Heritage research is my hobby.

-   Alan.

PS can supply more info about Pourau via PM as still alive.

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