AN HISTORICAL ASPECT
A little known part of the history of Franklin and Districts is the Waikato Immigration Scheme. Thirteen ships arrived between October 1864 and June 1865.
Over 4000 settlers took up the New Zealand government’s offer of an opportunity for a better life, a free passage to New Zealand, a five or ten acre block and employment. Many of them settled in Franklin. The long journey to Auckland was promoted as comfortable, with a liberal diet. The settlers however, found conditions vastly different to those they were promised. Life was tough and they faced real hardships, as well as resentment from established settlers who were struggling with the devastation caused by the Maori War and economic depression.
In August 1865, Rev Lush “found the people very discontented and wishing they had never left the Old Country”. Early 1866 saw no improvement. Most Tuakau settlers were still living in tents having survived a cold, wet winter with high winds, hail storms and torrents of rain.
The fascinating history of this period has been captured in the various repositories throughout the district and gives a good understanding of the conditions the settlers endured.
Glenbrook Vintage Railway
Pukekohe Heritage Trail
Rangiriri Heritage Centre
Tuakau & District Museum
Waiuku Heritage Trail
During the weekend of 14/15 March 2015, Bombay will be holding celebrations to mark their 150 years.
March 14th 2015
Bombay Family Festival, open to all, no entry charge.
10am to 3pm in the Bombay School grounds.
Farmers market, bouncy castle, Clydesdale cart rides, unicycles, tractor displays, face painting, historical displays and refreshments.
Book sales: ‘They came by ship’ the history of the first 100 years of the district, and ‘Bombay, the next 50yrs’ telling the stories of the families, clubs, farms and businesses of Bombay between 1965 and 2015.
This Family Fun day is being held as part of Bombay’s 150th Anniversary Weekend, so come along dressed up 1860’s style and you may win a prize.
WEB SITES FOR
Pukekohe Business Association www.pukekohe.org.nz
Waiuku Business & Development
Franklin Country www.franklincountry.com