Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - Fresh Fields

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 107
New Zealand / Re: belfast school photographs
« on: Yesterday at 23:33 »

Am I correct to assume this post is in respect of Belfast School, Christchurch New Zealand ? I'm lost as to the meaning of Stxy ?

Possibly just an ignorant northerner.


Having transcribed wartime diaries and letters home, it always gives me a buzz if in a small way I'm able to assist in repatriating memorabilia, to extended family here in NZ. Not the first thime, and hopefully, not the last either.

Without the records data at home, nor subscriptions to the larger genealogy records providers, this brilliant NZ board Rootschat team, are the first I think of, and am always appreciative of your unstinting contributions. Helps to rekindle faith in our community, after hearing some of the goings on today, when it seams to be "all about me".

Regards all,



A very big thanks for your research, from Wally whom I've just contacted by phone.

Will forward a phone number you can contact Wally on by PM..


New Zealand / Re: James Herbert HASTE. WWI service certificate
« on: Tuesday 13 November 18 19:02 GMT (UK)  »
Greetings all.

As initiator and host of this post, I would like to thank you all for your input. I've had two unsuccessful attempts [different accounts] of contacting Wally BILTON, to brief him of your findings.

Not sure it I've been spamed out, or Wally is otherwise engaged. I do have his full address details should a need arise, if he is not responding to those personally supplying info.



New Zealand / Re: Peter Go Go - Between Riverhead and Helensville
« on: Sunday 11 November 18 23:16 GMT (UK)  »
Two more brief clips then to illustrate your footnote.


New Zealand / Re: Peter Go Go - Between Riverhead and Helensville
« on: Sunday 11 November 18 21:43 GMT (UK)  »
Hello again.

Interesting Whenu, thanks.

As this area is one I have not previously researched, re early pioneers, I had a bit of a look over the weekend. As I thought the early passages overland followed traditional cross country routes. Flood plains were dodged as much as possible. The portage route was very much the means of passage in the period referred to. Much was the debate about improving the means of connecting the commerce of Auckland with Helensville etc.

I could well see the point at which the waggoner, or teamster, had to really coax their animals to crest a high point on the portage road as being referred to as; "Peter's GO GO !" Then at the top look out back south or north.

Some reading for those also interested in the portage -

Riverhead to Helensville
RIVERHEAD  Portage point on the journey in the 1860’s but patronage declined with the advent of the Helensville railway line. 

A journey through, July 1864. In 1865 accounts record a journey of three and a half hours between McLeods Helensville and Riverhead

A 1865 four horse dray service twice weekly.

Forming a highways board. John McLoed maintained half the route at his own expense as part of his transport business. 1965

Formation of Ararimu Highway Board. – Mr Issac McLeod.

Canal verses Tramway, verses rail RIVERHEAD TO HELENSVILLE 1969

Riverhead – Helensville portage impassable for freight. McLeod’s 12 Oxen can not get freight through, nor probably their regular four horse dray service.  Expected goods in transit over 8 to 11 weeks delayed. 1869

Research becomes easier if you can familiarize yourself with the place and period.

Best of hunting.


New Zealand / Re: Peter Go Go - Between Riverhead and Helensville
« on: Sunday 11 November 18 00:58 GMT (UK)  »

Are you referring to oral history, or a published account?  If a published account there may be further clues contained there in.


New Zealand / Re: Where was Okowitu near Albany north of Auckland?
« on: Saturday 10 November 18 19:29 GMT (UK)  »

No available time at the moment to research for you, but keep in mind that at that period, and general area, access was via the sea, so most settled close to the coast and tidal inlets. There were only a few "Native" trails and portages, across country, which tended to follow ridge lines and passes through some fairy ruggered country.

You could try the Auckland Library map and plan collection.


Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 107