Yesterday's Newspapers

The Timaru Herald was established as a weekly in 1864, a bi-weekly in 1877 and became a daily newspaper in January 1878.
Go to the search engine on this site as the BDMs have been transcribed from the Timaru Herald 1864 - 1900 online. 
 News Post 1900 -News pre 1900
 
Newspapers - a popular avenue for historical research

Trevor Askin works with bronze; he is the artist behind the  Paperboy  sculpture which stands outside old Timaru Herald building on Sophia Street, Timaru. Photo taken in March 2010 by M.T.

"Edwardian Paper Boy" April 1987. Height: 142 cm
Presented to the people of Timaru by the Timaru Beautifying Society. Sculptor - Trevor Askin. Herald Communications Ltd, a major Paper Boy sponsor. The Timaru Herald was published in the building to the west of the Royal Arcade from 1885 -1984. Trevor's other commissioned public work includes the Orari "Blacksmith Memorial" and "Eros" at the Mona Vale Gardens, Christchurch. The Aigantighe Art Gallery down Wai-iti Rd has Trevor Askin's 1998 bronze "Sea birds" on display. On the wall of the old telephone exchange, in the background is The Ear before it was painted.
Not all of our ancestors were newsworthy
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Images online. All newspapers are searchable. Selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over three million pages of digitised pages from 83 publications, including The Timaru Herald, Waimate Advertiser May 1898 to Dec.1920 and Press (1861-1920), The Star, (1868-1909), provided by the National Library of New Zealand. 

The Timaru Herald papers on Papers Past were microfilms made from the National Library's own collection. 105 Timaru Herald issues are missing on Papers Past but most of the newspapers are available in hard copy elsewhere. The Timaru Library holds hard copy from 1915 to the present day and the South Canterbury Museum holds hard copy from 1864 to 1935 or 1936.

Missing copies on Papers Past

  09 Sep. 1872
14 Aug. 1877
24 Feb. 1885
 
09 April 1887
17 Jan.  1899
11 May 1899 
02 Feb. 1901
05 Feb. 1901
23 April 1902
22 Oct. 1902
30 Sep. 1904
09 Jan. 1905
17 Jan. 1905
28 Jan. 1905
10 Feb. 1905
02 Mar. 1905
08 April 1905
18 April 1905
21 April 1905
12 May 1905
20 June 1905
21 Nov. 1905
25 Nov. 1905
31 Mar. 1906
29 May 1906
16 Nov. 1906
16 July 1907
02  Aug 1907
07 Jan. 1908
10 April 1908
16 Sep. 1908
27 Oct. 1908
07 Nov. 1908
17 Feb. 1909
09 April 1909
03 May 1909
13 May 1909
25 Aug. 1909
21 Oct. 1909
23 Dec. 1909
05 Jan. 1910
25 Jan. 1910
25 Mar. 1910
30 Apr. 1910
22 July 1910
14 April 1911
11 Aug. 1911
08 Sep. 1911
09 Oct. 1911
16 Oct. 1911
07 Nov. 1911
22 Nov. 1911
08 Dec. 1911
23 Dec. 1911
04 Apr. 1912
06 Apr. 1912
18 Apr. 1912
05 July 1912
 08 July 1912
12 July 1912
29 July 1912
31 July 1912
01 Aug. 1912
03 Aug. 1912
15 Aug. 1912
17 Aug. 1912
03 Sep. 1912
07 Sep 1912


Timaru Herald's are buried around town in and under cornerstones

14 Sep 1912
20 Sep 1912
23 Sep 1912
24 Sep 1912
27 Nov. 1912

25 April 1913
04 July 1913
11 Nov. 1913
12 Nov. 1913
13 Nov. 1913
14 Nov. 1913
26 Nov. 1914
16 Dec. 1914
22 Dec. 1914
13 Jan. 1915
28 Jan. 1915
06 April 1915
04 June 1915
07 Aug. 1915
12 Aug. 1915
23 Aug. 1915
31 Aug. 1915
20 Sep. 1915
04 Oct. 1915
12 Oct. 1915
02 Dec. 1915
24 Dec. 1915
15 Jan. 1917
06 April 1917
04 June 1918
04 July 1918
19 Sep. 1918
28 Sep. 1918
20 Mar. 1919
24 May 1919
03 June 1919
19 May 1920

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The Timaru District Library hold some of the Timaru Herald's, but not all. We have 1915- current day in hard copy in the basement. The Museum holds microfilms of the earlier ones and some hard copy as well, I think.  You are welcome to look at any of the papers in the Library and photocopy them or copy from them. We copy free of charge. Take along your digital camera as the large green books (bound copies of the actual Timaru Herald per year) can be very difficulty to manoeuvre onto a photocopy machine and the newspapers are getting torn and the corners of the pages damages from all the turning of the pages. We also have a digital camera and can photograph the ones that are hard to handle or difficult to copy. Just enquire at the Help Desk. Posted Jan. 2008.Take your digital camera along as the bound copies of the Timaru Herald are difficulty to handle and the pages of the newspapers are getting torn. 150 years

The Timaru Herald Office does hold the old newspapers and there is a fee do to research but the main facility for research is at the South Canterbury Museum. Timaru Public Library use to keep the newspapers on microfilm from June 1864 to December 1915 and latter issues are bound in large books but now 2001 their newspapers and microfilms have been placed in the Museum.  Source: Timaru Herald Office, Timaru. Posted 2001.

If you are not in the Timaru Herald you are not in South Canterbury.

The first edition of The Timaru Herald, published Saturday, June 11, 1864. Eight pages in total, each measuring 440mm x 290mm.   online
Papers in the 1800s were better quality than modern newspapers, so lasted longer. The South Canterbury Museum has about three copies of the first Timaru Herald in its archives and thanks to Gary Kerr, ex Fairlie, carrier sheep truck driver and later tour bus driver, the Timaru library has one. There are also likely to be copies in private collections and at the National Library in Wellington. My family has an issue April 12 1899 Vol. 1., No. 74, of the long forgotten Mackenzie County Chronicle. I have not worked out why my grandfather held on to this issue and Vol. 1. No1 of the Lyttelton Times, saved by Ellen Bennett, my grandfather's grandmother, who came out on the Isabella Hercus in 1855.

11 June 1864 first printed. Legend says the first Timaru Herald was printed in a kitchen, cost six pence. Started by Alfred Horton, aged 20, assisted, by Fred Edmond Younghusband and Ingram Shrimpton; first weekly issue printed on Saturday, June 11, in small detached kitchen east of hotel on corner of George. St and Main South Road run by former whaler and town character Sam Williams.
13 June, 1866: Herald becomes bi-weekly, printing on Wednesdays and Saturdays (with the arrival of telegraph)
7 December, 1868: Herald office burns down next to present site of Excelsior Hotel, Stafford St.
1 April 1871: Horton sells to Herbert Belfield, who became joint proprietor in 1866.
3 Jan. 1876 printed six days a week.
1 May 1886: Two-storeyed premises is built on corner of Sophia St and Royal Arcade
In 1900 printed by linotype machinery
7 Feb. the news was moved to the front page
Rob Muldoon opened the Herald's Bank St. building on 30 March 1984, newspaper's home for 28 years, until 2012
In 1991 the Timaru Herald started printing photos in colour
In 2003 Fairfax, an Australian Company purchased INL (including the Timaru Herald)
In 2014 the Timaru Herald is printed in Christchurch.


South Canterbury Newspaper Holdings  - Posted 2004
Please note this list comprises a survey of the main holdings contributed by the institutions listed below. Several institutions also hold some individual issues of other newspapers not listed. The offices of some local newspapers also have their own collection of past newspapers. *The Geraldine Guardian and the Temuka Leader were in fact the same newspapers, published under two names. As for photocopying, the researcher will need to check with the institution as various copying services will be available (and they may change over time). With the Museum photocopying is not an option, but you can copy from the microfilm or photograph articles. Others may differ.

Geraldine Guardian

South Canterbury Museum*:
Microfilm: 13 April 1895-Jun 1900, 1901-26th Sept 1905, 1906-1907, 1909-1912, July 1913-August 1915

Temuka Leader

Temuka Library/Service Centre:
Hardcopy: 1877-1914, 1917-1928, 1930-1932

West Coast Times, 10 November 1877, Page 2
Temuka, November 9. A newspaper, to be called, the Temuka Leader, is announced, to, be published on the 1st December, under the proprietary of Joseph Ivess, owner of several New Zealand papers.

Grey River Argus, 6 December 1877, Page 2
Timaru, Dec. 5. The Temuka Leader made its first appearance to-day very creditably.

Taranaki Herald, 15 October 1901, Page 2
The Hon. J. M. Twomey, M.L.C., proprietor of the Temuka Leader, is spending day or two in New Plymouth.

Evening Post, 25 January 1913, Page 8
The Temuka News and Geraldine Mail Newspaper Company, owing to the recent fire completely destroying their stock and plant, have decided to cease publication of those papers. The directors state that the fire caused heavy loss, and that it is impossible to duplicate the plant promptly.

Timaru Herald

South Canterbury Museum:
Bound volumes: 1864 - 1865, 1867, 1869, 1874-June 1936
Microfilm: 1864-1915; Jan, Jun, Aug, Sept & Nov 1930; Jun, Sept & Nov, 1931; May 1933; 1937-Aug 1939; 1981 to present (received approximately three months as current papers are microfilmed)

Timaru Post

South Canterbury Museum:
Bound volumes: 1907-June 1936
Microfilm: 9 Nov 1923-Feb 1924

Waimate Advertiser

Waimate District & Historical Society Archives:
Microfilm: 1899-1902, 1908-Jun 1919, 1920-1941, Jul 1946-Apr 1965, Sept 1965-Apr 1968, Sept 1968-Apr 1973, Sept 1974-Mar 1975.


New Zealand Official Yearbook 1900 - Page 69

Geraldine
Geraldine Advocate 		(M.) Mon., Wed., Frid.
Mackenzie County Chronicle 	(E.) Mon., Wed., Frid.
Pleasant Point Mail 		(E.) Mon., Wed., Frid.
Temuka Times 			(E.) Mon., Wed., Frid.

Temuka
Geraldine Guardian 		(M.) Tues., Thur., Sat.
Gladstone Guardian 		(M.) Mond., Wed., Frid.
Temuka Leader 			(M.) Tues., Thur., Sat.

Timaru
Morning Post 			(M.) Daily
South Canterbury Times 		(E.) Daily
Timaru Herald 			(M.) Daily

Waimate
Waimate Advertiser 		(M.) Saturday
Waimate Times 			(M.) Tues., Thur., Sat.

Temuka Leader

Tuapeka Times, 5 December 1877, Page 6
A paper is to be started at Temuka, near Timaru, on December 5, under the title of the 'Temuka Leader.'

Wanganui Chronicle, 11 July 1878, Page 3
Timaru. July 9. The Temuka Leader is to be resuscitated. Alexander Wilson is the purchaser. It will re-appear on Saturday next.

Mataura Ensign 20 October 1898, Page 3
Mr " Joey " Ivess' latest venture, the 'Geraldine Advocate' (in opposition to the Hon. J. M. Twomey's 'Temuka Leader') has turned out its first issue.

Ashburton Guardian, 2 November 1921, Page 4 Mr J. M. TWOMEY.
Timaru, November 1. The death is announced of Mr Jeremiah Matthew of Temuka. Mr Twomey, who was a native of County Kerry, Ireland, was born in 1847. He spent some years in the service of the General Post Office in Cork, and arrived in the Dominion in 1874, engaging in newspaper work in Wellington, Christchurch, and Timaru. He became proprietor of the "Temuka Leader" in 1881 and conducted that journal for many years. He was appointed to the Legislative Council from 1898 to 1905.

Evening Post, 14 January 1932, Page 10
After fifty-five years' existence, the "Temuka Leader," the tri-weekly newspaper, will cease publication at the end of February, says the "Temuka Post." The decision to close down the paper was made known last Saturday, when members of the staff were verbally notified that their employment would be terminated at the end of next month. Economic conditions, combined with competition from papers in other centres, have combined to clinch the decision to close down the paper. The paper was established as the "Temuka Leader and Geraldine Guardian" by Mr. Joseph Ivess in 1877, and was subsequently sold to Mr. Alexander Wilson, who in turn disposed of his interests to Colonel Hayhurst in 1913. On the latter's, death the paper passed to his widow, who, though having no interests in journalism, carried it on until now because it represented a local industry.

OBITUARY. - MR JOSEPH IVESS
A Press Association message from Christchurch yesterday announced the death of Mr Joseph Ivess, veteran journalist and newspaper proprietor, aged 75 years. The late Joseph Ivess was born at  Askoaton, Ireland, on February 8, 1844. He was educated at Barnett's Grammar School, Emerald Hill (Melbourne), having arrived in Victoria with his parents in 1852. In 1868 he crossed to New Zealand and engaged in the printing business at Hokitika and Reefton. .... Returning to New Zealand in 1890, Mr Ivess went into commission agency business in Christchurch, but his love for journalistic life, again led him to the establishment of newspapers in various parts of the Dominion. Newspapers established by Mr Ivess include besides the "Ashburton Mail," the "Akaroa Mail," "Temuka Leader," "Waipawa Mail," "Taihape News," "Ellesmere Guardian," "Stratford Post," "Hunterville Express," "Patea Mail," and "Wairarapa Star," and" "Ashburton Standard," and also many journals less well known. He also in the early days held interests in the "Timaru Herald" and "Napier News." ...


Timaru Herald, 10 November 1875, Page 2
Many years ago the incisive character of the political articles in the Timaru Herald acquired for it the sobriquet of "the Tomahawk" and in adopting that title for our future weekly journal, we have hoped to indicate the keenness with which we shall continue to watch over the interests of the district, while perpetuating a name connected not unfavorably with its history. The Tomahawk will be especially designed for those whose purposes would not be suited by a daily paper ; and will contain such a concentration and aggregation of news, combined with solid reading matter, as will satisfy the taste of that large class who do not care for homoeopathic doses, but, like allopaths, prefer large draughts with plenty of flavor. In contemplating the proposal to establish a daily paper in Timaru, and while many of its articles displayed much of the ability of its projector, it would not in our time compare with even the worst of our journals as a disseminator of intelligence. Though little larger than the open pages of a quarto book, it was with difficulty filled once a week. Sometimes, indeed, its unfortunate publisher was compelled to fill up its columns with a chapter from the Bible, for want of more novel, if less edifying matter; and on more than one occasion he left a large space vacant, that any gentleman may write his own private business!" In this colony there are now published about fifteen daily papers, or one to every twenty thousand people, besides a very large number of weekly, : bi-weekly, and tri-weekly prints ; and we are glad to believe that, on the whole, they are by no means inferior in usefulness, ability, or character, to those published in any part of the world.

Clutha Leader, 3 March 1882, Page 6
On dit that Mr Herbert Belfield has disposed of his interest in the Timaru Herald to a company, but still retains a large share in the venture. Mr Wakefield, who will also be a large shareholder in the company, is to occupy the editorial chair, and Mr J. Hardcastle, late editor of the South Canterbury Times goes back to his old love, the Herald, vice Mr Geo. Collins, who has left the latter journal.

Press, 28 May 1907, Page 6
Mr Buckley Joyce, of the Timaru "Post," has been appointed chief overseer of the "New Zealand News," new morning paper which is to make its appearance shortly in Wellington.

Otago Witness 12 September 1906, Page 45
JOYCE — On the 3rd September, at her residence, Matilda street, Timaru, Elizabeth Jane, relict of the late M. Joyce, of Port Chalmers, and mother of Buckley Joyce; aged 73 years.


Early area newspapers included the Temuka Times, The Timaru Post (1900-1939) are available at the Hocken Library Dunedin.
The British Library  holdings include:
The Timaru Herald
on microfilm  9 Sept.1865; 27 Oct,1879, 1 Jan.1885 - 30 Jan. 1956 - 28 Sept. 1968
The Waimate Times
22 March 1899 - 18 March 1922 
Timaru Herald online and searchable from 4 January 1997 (Factiva), LexisNexis Academic - 1 July 1996, eJournals databases at some University libraries worldwide, limit access to current students, faculty, and staff of the University e.g. UNC, UTD, SJSU, SCU, CSUMB 
Australian Newspapers beta
Index to death notices in the Christchurch Press from 1 Jan 2000
The Press- back issues
Deaths and In Memoriam notices from a Christchurch newspaper
A
Short History of the Timaru Herald - a provincial newspaper today. David King took over the Timaru Herald editorship on 19 January 2009 to replace replace departing Timaru Herald Editor of 12 years, David Wood. Chris McAuslin - Timaru Herald General Manager.
Waimate Daily Advertiser  1899-1900
Mackenzie County Chronicle 1899 News of the day
Mackenzie Co. Chronicle Irving farewell
Newspaper clippings 1899
Canterbury to Otago 1851
trip overland
Oamaru Times 1864
- Timaru snippets
Shipwrecks at Timaru - accounts from the newspapers
First Ascent of Mt. Cook 1882
Journey to Mt. Cook 1882
Journey to Mt. Cook 1899
Shipping Snippets & BDMS Timaru Herald

Timaru Herald Saturday  2 January 1869 page 5 The Great Fire of Timaru
T.D. Burnett's articles on the
Mackenzie Runs from the Timaru Herald July 1925
Eric
Baume -editor Timaru Herald 1922 at age 22. Born 1900 Wellington - died 1967. A street in the ACT is named after him Baume Crescent.
Mike Minehan 1974 -TV Aussie


THE LONG AND THE SHORT.
21 June 2002 Timaru Herald
In recognition of tonight being the longest night of the year, and tomorrow being the shortest day, here are South Canterbury examples of the long and the short it:

Shortest period of local goodwill for a departing soldier: In October, 1899, Sergeant Byrne, of the Timaru City Rifles, set off to fight in the Boer War. Well-wishers lined the streets, cheering and singing, and as the sergeant was boarding the train the mayor handed him a bag of sovereigns. A few days later word reached Timaru that Sergeant Byrne had been rejected for service.

Shortest railway service: Waihao Downs to Waihaorunga. Work started the same day as the First World War but was eventually abandoned in 1923. A single locomotive steamed once up the line, which was later lifted by local farmers to build sheep and cattle yards.

Longest beach walk where other pedestrians were still a nuisance: In 1843 Bishop Selwyn trekked south from Christchurch to Dunedin to check out his largely uncharted diocese. On January 16, 1844, at Waihao, he met official Protector of Aborigines Edward Shortland coming the other way.

Shortest period of delusion in pest control: Concerns about the rabbit population's explosion were considered alarmist in the early 1870s. Then in Waitaki around 50,000 rabbits were killed on one run without any noticeable change in their population.

Shortest breeding programme for birds: In the 1860s Dunedin's first pair of breeding partridges proved a complete failure. Turned out both birds were male.

Longest two-and-a-half hours in South Canterbury history: December 7, 1868, about 3.30pm a burning glue pot overturned. By 6pm, 39 buildings in Timaru's central business district were little more than smouldering ashes.

Shortest period of recovery from labour: Three days after childbirth, South Canterbury's first white female settler, Mrs Hornbrook, dived into a flooded river to rescue a drowning man.

Longest continuing headache caused by pointlessly differing opinions: Crossing North Street, from north to south or vice versa, Timaruvians are daily reminded that Rhodes Town was planned by E H Lough, while Government Town was given to Samuel Hewlings. Both designed their townships to "face" different directions, causing today's hassle of roads that don't quite match up.

Longest journey that, with benefits of modern transport, seems vastly out of perspective: Travelling with bullocks, the first settlers at Lake Tekapo would take 17 days to reach Timaru on a supply run. Typically, a Waimate to Timaru trip alone would take four days.

Shortest period between the arrival of settlers and the first traffic accident: Timaru's first settler ship, The Strathallan, weighed anchor at its destination on January 14, 1859. Within minutes the welcoming committee's row boat had been broken under the vessel's stern.


Timaru Herald Saturday 5 1876 page 3  Opening of the Timaru and Christchurch Railway.
Timaru Herald Saturday  2 January 1869 page 4  The Year 1868
Timaru Herald Thursday 25 August 1887 pg3 A visit to the Timaru Hospital
On our left one can see the bold southern spur of Mount Horrible, and catch a faint glimpse of Pareora Gorge, and our eyes travels over grand rolling downs, and back on to gloomy mountains, taking in the white giant Mount Cook on the way, and goes sweeping away to the eastward, along the dreary plains, over the Port Hills, and so to the south Pacific Ocean.

Newspaper press directory - Press - 1905 page 323The Timaru Herald has been the No. 1 newspaper in the central South Island since 1864. Alfred George Horton (1842-1903) b. at Hull, Yorkshire, a journalist, came to Lyttelton in 1861, became an apprentice printer on the Press, Christchurch bought a small hand-printing plant, took it to Timaru and began the weekly Timaru Herald.  In 1876, Mr. A.G. Horton, the proprietor and editor of the Timaru Herald, purchased the Southern Cross, Auckland and amalgamated it with the New Zealand Herald.

"Before 1870, newspapers in New Zealand were primarily set up for political purposes. In the absence of self-government newspapers were the main way that those who weren't officials could participate in government."

New Zealand Free Lance, 18 January 1908, Page 4
Timaru has been shedding tears and travelling rugs lately because of the departure of Edward George Kerr for furrin' parts. Said Edward George came into see us at the office, on his way to the Warrimoo on Friday last. My, but he has grown a big fellow Timaru air has a standing advertisement in this gentleman, and it will surprise us if there isn't a big rush of immigrants out to that town, as soon as Edward George Kerr has fairly disported himself about London. He can talk newspapers, and ads., and general publishing work till further orders, this traveller from Timaru. He has been nourished in it for the lost sixteen years, and what he hasn't so far learned he is just going Home to finish off.

Edward George Kerr figures on doing Canada and the States, England, and the Continent, threatens to box the compass from Russia to Thibet, and pull up around Jerusalem and' old Thebes on his way home again. He is going to do or die for a solid and sedulous twelve months, and if there's to be any money up on the question we are going to favour his chances of "doing." Shouldn't be at all surprised to. hear of him going off at a tangent up the Canadian Pacific line and doing a big hunt. He could shoot anything, from a grizzly to the falls of Niagara, and expects to> bag bears and business all along the line.

This Timaruite was born at Kaiapoi, so he speaks fairly good New Zealandish. His father was proprietor of the Timaru "Herald" before Edward George learned his A.8.C.. Later on the paper took a double somersault, and landed on both its feet as a company. And then came Edward George, and then came good times. And he � the departing guest � became general manager. Last week the companionship and staff and friends and relatives and neighbours gathered for a sort of tangi, and they parted on the shore with Edward George Kerr. It was a pleasant social. They say at Timaru that he is not being kicked out of his berth, but is being sent off to gain knowledge of things in order to make the paper bulge big when he comes back again.

If searching a newspaper for a DOD check the local news and inquiry, estate, funeral, death and thank you notices.

Tuapeka Times, 23 March 1871, Page 6
It is amusing, and at the same time pitiable to notice the abuse, not to say vulgar vituperation which some of our contemporaries lavish upon others. For some time past the Timaru and Gladstone Gazette has taken every opportunity, imaginative and otherwise, of belabouring its local contemporary, the Timaru Herald," in a manner which must be becoming disgusting to its own readers and to every other intelligent person into whose hands it may fall. To its praise, be it said, that the Herald treats these attacks with the contemptuous silence they deserve. Does it not strike the editor of the "Gazette" that by the course he is taking he will forfeit the esteem of his contemporaries and the public? and does he not think it far more honourable, instead of becoming a public laughing-stock and standing joke, to endeavour to merit and maintain the proud and responsible position of leader and teacher of the people] The following is about the mildest specimen we can select from the "Gazette": "Report says that the "Timaru Herald changed hands yesterday, and that a change of name is also contemplated to that of the Gentleman's Journal." It is also rumoured that "A Gentleman" will contribute a series of articles on dignity versus brains." We believe the former report to be correct, but we cannot vouch for the latter."

Ashburton Guardian, 18 March 1890, Page 2
" This is horrible," was the head-line an editor wrote to go over an account of a murder. But the printer got things mixed, and put the head-line over a poem by a prominent poet, and the poet would not believe it was the printer's fault.


Ashburton Guardian, 30 December 1912, Page 6
Guardian Office, December 30, 1912
At the season of peace and goodwill, it is customary for newspaper editors and their staffs to exchange greetings with those whom, for the rest of the year, they regard as their "reptile contemporaries." The practice shows that journalists have not got every spark of human feeling crushed out of them. The two Timaru newspapers are not this year, exchanging felicitations, however They are rather in the way of exchanging "felinities." A few days before Christmas, this is how the "Herald", angels sang about the "Post":— "Wanted to Sell. —Shares in Timaru Post, Company.' No reasonable-offer refused. —Apply, Dividends, this Office." The manager of the "Post," smelling a rat, got a shareholder, to send a letter of inquiry. When he got a reply, typewritten, he compared it with a business communication he had received some time previously, which had been written upon the Timaru Herald office tpyewriter. He was not surprised to find that certain peculiarities of diction and type were common to both letters. Following on this, certain evidence was unexpectedly placed in his hands, which, taken with the other circumstances, left no room for doubt that the advertisement was inserted and the letter written by a certain prominent employee of the "Herald" Company, with the deliberate of damaging the credit of the "Post" Company. The facts were duly stated in the "Post,", whereupon the "Herald" published the following: For Immediate Sale —At a considerable discount, Shares in Timaru Post.' No reasonable offer refused. Apply, Cautious, this! Office." And that is why the Post." is constrained to remark that such tactics will be generally regarded as childish and contemptible in the extreme. This is Yuletide, a season of kindly sentiments and good feeling towards all mankind; but the Post, in exposing the methods against which it has to fight, confesses to experiencing neither kindly sentiments nor good feeling towards mankind— or, at any rate a certain-section of it."


"A wide cross-section of our community have passed through the doors of this high court."

Moonshine - "Waitohi dew"

North Otago Times, 2 December 1876, Page 2
Christchurch, Dec. 1
John Hamilton, farmer, on whose premises at Waitohi Flat, an illicit distillery apparatus was found, has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, with hard labor. He has appealed against his sentence and is released on bail.

North Otago Times, 26 February 1880, Page 2
Timaru. February 25.
A storekeeper at Waitohi Flat, named, Thomas Liston, was to-day lined L5O and costs for sly grog selling.

Evening Post, 9 March 1887, Page 2 An Illicit Still.
Timaru, 8th March. The police to-day arrested three men, Joseph and James Matthews and James Bell of Maitahi Downs, for having an illicit still in their possession. The capture was cleverly made by Inspector Broham himself, and the still and other receptacles were all discovered at the house of the prisoners.
    This Day. The two Matthews and J. Bells, charged with having an illicit still at Waitohi, were remanded till Monday next at 11 a.m., to enable the police to work up the case.

Otago Witness, 11 March 1887, Page 17
Timaru, March 8.
Inspector Broham, Detective Kirby, Sergeant Livingstone, and Constable Stanley this morning captured an illicit still on a farm situate on the Upper Waitohi Downs, about 22 miles due N.W. of Timaru, and immediately behind the township of Pleasant Point. The police have had suspicion of the place for a very long time but their plans were not matured till lately. The inspector and his men left here about 2 a.m. and reached the farm just about daylight. A search resulted in the inspector and the detective finding a 50-gallon sheet tin still, the top of which was found hidden away in a loft; also sis. casks, one wooden tub, an oil drum, and two jars nearly full of what is to all appearance adulterated whisky. The occupants or the holding, named Joseph and James Mathews and James Bill, were arrested, and arrived in town this evening along with their stock-in-trade. The accused will come before the court to-morrow morning, but I am informed an adjournment will be asked for.

Northern Advocate 26 March 1887, Page 2
At the R.M. Court at Timaru on Monday James Matthias, a farmer of Waitohi near Timaru, was fined £100 and costs for having an illicit still in his possession. Mr Hay, counsel for the accused, gave notice of appeal.

Otago Witness, 20 July 1888, Page 27
In Banco at Christchurch Mr Justice Ward quashed the conviction of William Paul, convicted in the R.M. Court, Timaru, for having a distillation apparatus in his possession. The grounds of quashing were that the conviction did not show that Paul intended to use the apparatus for the purpose of distillation, and did not state where the magistrate heard the case, where the offence was committed, or where the conviction was made.

KAKAHU STEPS BACK IN TIME 25 October 2004
Timaru Herald
Moonshine was the memento of choice at yesterday's Kakahu and Opuha Gorge 150th celebrations, with all 500ml bottles of whisky, rum and gin selling out by within half an hour of opening. Organised by the Geraldine Historical Society, the event marked the 150th anniversary of Kakahu, Opuha, Hilton, Gapes Valley, Hanging Rock and Beautiful Valley. The day saw an estimated 1000 people -- far in excess of organisers' expectations -- step back in time for a day of pit sawing, whip making, shingle-splitting, limestone cutting, and traditional children's games and races. The team of six bullocks was a huge hit, with owner Lester Rowntree appearing at the Waimate 150th event before heading up to Kakahu. He owns 10 bullocks, but their sheer size and weight means he can only transport six in his articulated truck. A special edition of the Kakahu Times newspaper proved a popular souvenir of the day, as did limited edition cards showing early district scenes. But the real winner of the day was the moonshine -- Kakahu Bush Whisky, Old Limeburners Gin and Clark's Camp Rum. Although some miniatures were left, stocks of the 500ml bottles were completely sold out, and orders taken for more. The etched glasses commemorating the event sold almost as fast as the moonshine. Spokesperson Ian Morrison said the day had turned out well, and was a learning experience for Geraldine's sesquicentennial in a couple of years' time.

Moonshine - empty or foolish talk, ideas, nonsense
The story is all moonshine.


The Bucket Brigade

Timaru Herald, 28 September 1908, Page 6 FAIRLIE FIRE BRIGADE - A SUCCESSFUL MOVEMENT
A meeting of those interested in establishing a fire brigade in Fairlie was held in the Fairlie Public Hall on  24th Sept. Wednesday evening last. Mr Manaton, who convened the meeting, referred to the necessity for doing something to prevent the devastation caused by fire in Fairlie. He suggested that a night watchman be procured, stating that he was willing to give him lodging if the townspeople interested would undertake to contribute towards his wages. A good deal of discussion ensued concerning the establishing of a fire brigade, and it was eventually decided to canvas the district for donations towards procuring a fire bell and buckets for the township. A committee consisting of Messrs G. Pilkington, H. Foden, Chas King, Adamson, J. Caskey, W.L. Hosking and P.J. Beaton was appointed go into the matter of establishing a brigade. A hearty vote of thank was passed to Dr. Cook for his services on a former occasion towards getting the township fitted up with a brigade.

[The bucket brigade consisted of 148lb fire bell, 36 buckets, two ladders and three fireman's axes]

Timaru Herald, 7 September 1909, Page 7
The fire brigade now has its new engine, and is ready to attack the first fire that occurs. The machine is very neat and compact looking, and is, at the same time, fairly powerful. The engine has only been in Fairlie for a few days, but the Brigade has already put in several practices with it. The brigade possess a long length of very good hose, and all its gear is now in first class order.  

[The brigade acquired a 16 man Shand Mason Manual Pump, throwing 80 gallons per minute up to 100ft high. Firemen suffer discomfort, fatigue and danger and it was suggested in 1916 that the town needed a motor fire engine and in 1925 a Leyland 150 gallon a minute pump was purchased] 

The Courier, April 3 2014 Fairlie Volunteer Fire Brigade
The brigade now has 22 volunteers and is equipped with two pumps and one tanker. The brigade used to deal mainly with scrub and property fires, until motor vehicle accidents became more prominent, over the past 15 years or so. One significant part of the brigade’s history is its own fire. On April 13, 1953, the Fairlie fire station burnt down. New members of the brigade have to complete a series of tasks and book work, then complete a first aid course and a seven-day recruit course before they are allowed to ride on the truck. This process can take six to eight months.

Timaru Herald 20 July 1920, Page 9
The Fairlie Fire Brigade has a very handy and useful fire engine housed in a neat fire station, with a huge bell hung aloft not far away to call the firemen together when needed. Calls have been few, yet the members meet and practice regularly, and thus strive to keep themselves and their machinery in a high state of efficiency. All the members are enthusiasts, and this fact helps to make any social functions held by the brigade the success they always are. The annual social, held in the Public Hall on Friday night, added one more to the successful. entertainments got up by the firemen. The night was beautifully fine and visitors came from far and near. The dance was most enjoyable, all the arrangements being excellently made. The Albury Band kept up its reputation for good music and plenty of it, Mr C. Boulter looked after the floor arrangements, and the supper was in charge of the wives of the members.


Moments in History

17 Jan. 1929: Mayor Wallace reports that the bus revenue in Timaru over the last year has averaged 51 per day.

25 January 1954: The Queen visits the Mackenzie and the county council present her with a picture of Mt Cook made up of 134,500 stitches and which took 800 hours to do.

22 Jan. 1973: The Hadlow Game Park is opened by Brian Bassett-Smith. It includes wallabies, deer and emus, and later animals such as jaguars are added, before eventually closing.

19 Dec. 73: A proposal to merge the Geraldine, Levels and Mackenzie counties is unveiled by the Local Government Commission. Each council asks residents to support the move, but Mackenzie later opted out and Geraldine and Levels merged instead to form the Strathallan County Council.

28 Dec. 1981: Timaru gets its first night club with the Old Mill granted a food and entertainment licence.

Hook School (3378), Waimate, closed on the 31st day of December 1997 and ceased to be established on that day.
Otaio School (3458), Timaru, closed on the 31st day of December 1997 and ceased to be established on that day.
Hunter School (3382), Timaru, closed on the 31st day of December 1997 and ceased to be established on that day.
Peel Forest School (3473), Geraldine, closed on the 30th day of June 1998 and ceased to be established on that day.
Maungati School (3431), Maungati, Timaru closed on the 26th day of April 2000, and ceased to be established on that day.
Kurow Area School (363), Hakataramea Valley School (3744) and Otematata School (3792) merged on 1 January 2004, the effective date. Kurow Area School will be the continuing school.
Te Moana School (3552), located at Te Moana Road, R.D. 1, Geraldine, closed on 26 April 2004, and ceased to be established on that day.
Timaru Main Primary School (3558) and Timaru West Primary School (3560) merged on 28 January 2005. Timaru West Primary School will be the continuing full primary school.
Timaru South Primary School (3559) and Pareora East Primary School (3468) merged on 28 January 2005. Timaru South Primary School will be the continuing full primary school.
Temuka Primary School (3556) and Clandeboye School (3319) merged on 28 January 2005. Temuka Primary School will be the continuing school.
Watlington Intermediate School (3584) closed on 28 January 2005, and ceased to be established on that day.

South Canterbury Newspaper Items

Today's Timaru Herald headlines are online and a digital version. Also The Courier, Timaru edition, a weekly, Thursday, is archived online. Includes a well written, interesting local history column with a photo each week, South Canterbury Tales written by John Button. Other columns include Off the Highway and another column, Hall of Fame by Rachael Comer- featuring community halls e.g., August 12 2010, pg 9 Allandale Hall was built as a school in 1911 for children of Allendale, Skipton, Raincliff and Trentham. The school closed in 1939. The building was a centre for the Home Guard during World War 2. Used as a community hall from 1945. The hall was used by community groups such as the Allandale Miniature Rifle Club and the Allandale Country Women’s Institute. The building has hosted dances, socials and was also a polling booth. In 2003, Keith and Alison Hatton bought the building and transformed it into a bed and breakfast venue. ‘‘It’s nice to have a piece of the region’s history.’’

Button, John South Canterbury Tales ($15) 2010 can be ordered from the South Canterbury RSA office by calling 688 4123.
Timaru historian John Button has bowed to demand and published a compilation of the local history columns he writes for The Courier.  The first tale appeared two years ago. The book contains 56 tales covering the period from early Maori history through the first European settlers to the early 20th century. Button said the columns came out of the books he had already written, or from his research for those books, of which he has written more than 20. As well as a volume of poetry and textbook and gram mar references from his teaching career, he has written six histories of districts, schools or churches in South Canterbury, beginning with South of the Burn: the Southburn story in 1992.  As well as the first volume of South Canterbury Tales, two more of his books will appear soon: a history of Caroline Bay to coincide with this year's carnival, A Century of Carnivals, and another about St Mary's Church, Love and Faithfulness, which will be launched next month. "Travelling gives you a sense of time."


Timaru Courier - South Canterbury Tales by John Button

Fate decides aspiring young farmer’s destiny 				Oct. 31 2010 pg 8 John Foley 
Irish immigrant a hard but fair boss  					Oct. 14, 2010 page 8 John Foley
Digging wells and draining swamps  					Oct. 7, 2010
Finest rations for station’s hard workers 				Sept. 30, pg8 Waihao Downs station
Anatomy of a 19th century estate 					Sept. 23, 2010 pg9  Waihao Downs Estate owner John Douglas
High country the final frontier  					September 16, 2010  TD Burnett photo
Transport pioneer started SC tourism 					9 Sept. 2010 p8 Wigley
Early artists left impressive legacy  					2 Sept. 2010 pg8 
Cricketing japes from Geraldine 					26 Aug. 2010 pg8
Bunnies aplenty in this form of cricket 				August 19 2010 pg 8
Accounts of early cricket make amusing reading 				August 12 2010 pg8
Rugby was rough and tough  						August 6 2010
Poingdestre: as tough as a man could be 				July 29, 2010 pg 7
Small and �gangling� boxer packed a punch - Fitzsimmons 		July 22, 2010  pg 7
Wood first man in NZ to build a car 					July 15, 2010 pg 6
Thornley a giant in sport and transport 				July 08, 2010  pg6
Pearse's feats not recognised in lifetime 				July 1st 2010 pg 7
Pioneer was man of many affairs 					June 24, 2010 pg 8 Hayhurst
From stowaway to wealthy landlord 					June 17, 2010 pg 5 Hayhurst
Foresight saves forest remnants from complete destruction by fire and axe June 10 pg 7
Steam's arrival cost forestry jobs 					June 3 2010 pg 7
Kakahu lime burner enjoyed the profits 					May 27 2010 pg7
Lime burning provided jobs 						May 20 2010 pg7
Perpetrator with poisonous personality  				May 13 2010 pg7 Hall
Early blacksmiths played vital role 					April 29 2010 pg6
Teamsters had their hands full  					15 April 2010 pg8 W. Greene painting prime movers
Demand for servants from wealthy settlers 				April 8 2010 pg 6
Two country lads tricked whiskey from the publican			April 1 2010 pg 6
Swaggers, prime ministers and pigs visit junction hotel. 		25 March 2010 pg6
Bathing Caroline Bay  bathing machine					18 March 2010 pg6
William "Bill" Annett of Lyalldale, a farmer who started from scratch. 	March 11 2010 pg6 
another article & pg13 a photo loo with a view of Lake Alexandrina
No swagger finer than "the Shiner" on region's roads 			Feb. 25 pg 6 photo Ned Slattery & March 4 2010 page 11 
Arowhenua chief heke (migration)  					Feb. 11 page 6 and continued Feb 18 2010 page 18
Shaping of Caroline Bay a case of serendipity 				Jan. 28 2010 page 6 
Bay beautification started with a tree 					4 Feb. 2010 page 6
Wheat had golden era in SC  						Jan. 21 2010 page 6
Reaping what was sown - threshing done at frantic pace.  		December 17, 2009 page 6
Geraldine Fire Bridge History by John Button 				December 10, 2009
Forest fire near Waimate destroyed five sawmills, 70 homes, totara stand  December 03, 2009
A man first and a parson second. Henry Harper 				November 26, 2009 page 16
Rough travel part of parish work Rev. George Foster. 			November 19, 2009 page 8
Pioneering priests battled the elements - 				November 12, 2009 page 10
Blaze engulfs city block, sparks new regulations 			November 05, 2009 page 6
Fire spread in minutes and left a lasting scar. 			October 29, 2009 page 10
William Nicholls is not remembered as a notable character, yet he had an impact on the town far greater than his contemporaries 
- he burned it down! 

The Timaru Herald 14 December 2007
Carols By Candlelight will be held on Sunday, December 23 in the Theatre Royal. It is the 40th year the club has organised the event, and its host club, Timaru Rotary, ran it for a couple of years prior to that. In all that time, they haven't missed a year, although a particularly bad run of wet weather in the 1990s saw a series of transfers from the Timaru Botanic Gardens to the Sacred Heart Basilica, and the eventual decision to become an indoor event at the Theatre Royal. That has meant the event has become a first come, first served, and most years people are turned away as the venue reaches capacity. It is a money-spinner for local charities -- each year, the club chooses a charity that will benefit from the gold coin donation, and with $1000 to $2000 raised on the night, it is a welcome boost to funds. This year's charity is the South Canterbury Heart Foundation, and with Alpine Energy's sponsorship covering venue hire, the entire collection is able to be handed on. Errol James and his band provides the warm-up, Tony Bunting hones his MC skills, and Alpine Brass provides the music for the programme of popular carols. A number of individual and group performances will be interspersed with the massed carol singing. 

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Advice to Writers

Waimate Advertiser. Vol. 1 No.1 May 28th 1898 
Intending contributors are requested to paste the following in their hats:-

If you've got a thought that's happy,
Boil it down;
Make it short and crisp and snappy.
Boil it down;
When your brain its coin has minted.
Down the page your pen has sprinted,
If you want your effort printed,
Boil it down;

Take out every surplus letter,
Boil it down;
fewer syllables the better,
Boil it down;
Make your meaning plain-express it
Boil it down;

Boil out all the extra trimmings,
Boil it down;
When you're sure 'twould be a sin to
Cut another sentence in two,
Send it on and we'll begin to 
Boil it down.
 


Ashburton Guardian, 31 December 1888, Page 3
BOIL IT DOWN
Whatever yen have to say, my friend
Whether witty, or grave, or gay
Condense as much as ever you can,
And say in the readiest way ;
And whether you write on rural affairs,
Or particular things in town,
Just a word of kindly advice, my friend
Boil it down.

For when you go spluttering over a page,
When a couple of lines would do,
Your butter is spread so much, you see,
That the bread looks plainly through,
so when you have a story to tell,
And would like a little renown,
To make quite sure of your wish, my friend
Boil it down.

When writing an article for the Press,
Whether prose or verse, just try
To utter your thoughts in the fewest words,
And let it be crisp and dry ; A
And when it is finished and you suppose
It is done up exactly brown,
Just look it over once more, and then
Boil it down.

For editors do not like to print
An article lazily long ;
And the general reader does not care
For a couple of yards of song,
So gather your wits in the smallest space,
If you'd win the author's crown,
And every time that you write, my friend
Boil it down.

P.S. And keep on boiling it down

Star 20 July 1874, Page 3 Poem The Editor's Guests

Bruce Herald, 13 October 1905, Page 7
Honesty may be the best poly, but the lost column in a newspaper is always longer than the found column.

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