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A summary of recent past events

AGM followed by a Guest Speaker, Vivienne Morrell "Settlers Clearings: Making a new home on Wellington's country acres in the 1840s and 1850s".

The AGM was held. Judy Siers who had been the President for many years until her recent resignation was thanked for her services. Felicity Wong was elected President.  

Vivienne Morrell spoke about the early settlers in Wellington. She quoted many interesting diary excerpts to bring the stories to life. 

Future Plans: A talk by Gábor Tóth - 2 May 2024

The years leading up to the First World War saw a large increase in Wellington’s population with a booming economy and high migration from the UK. Coupled with local body amalgamation and improved transport infrastructure, property developers and business ‘syndicates’ seized the opportunity to acquire and subdivide large blocks of land for new housing on the outskirts of the city with varying degrees of success.

Gábor Tóth gave a fascinating talk drawing upon newly digitised advertising bills and subdivision plans selected from the heritage collections of the Onslow Historical Society and Wellington City Libraries.  This digital online collection of maps and plans is available here.

Karori Cemetery Tour and Talk - 20 March 2024

Richard Bentley, from Friends of Karori Cemetery led a group of ten on a tour of the graves of Nation Builders, telling us interesting stories of their lives.

Thanks to George Walter for photo

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A Korimako Catchment Walk - Waitangi Day 2024

Waitangi Day Walk 6 February 2024

Chris Horne and John Galloway led about 30 people around the valleys which are tributaries of Ngaio's Korimako Stream through a number of historic sites.

Thanks to George Walter for photo

Christmas Party 2023

Sunday 26 November 2023

Judy Siers and Jillian Carpenter read extracts of past Christmases. Viv Chapple and Christine Davies hosted the event. Afternoon tea was served, prepared by Viv.

Judy is sitting in the Onslow Borough Mayor's chair. 

Wellington Heritage Festival Events

Labour Day, Monday 23 October - Heritage sites walk in Seatoun, Miramar and Kilbirnie - 

A gentle four hour walk finishing in Hataitai, led by Chris Horne and John Galloway.


Wednesday 1 November -  "Plating Up" A talk about the history of eating out in Wellington 

By Gábor Tóth, Wellington City Libraries

Onslow Historical Society Oral History Talk 30 July 2023

Oral histories are an important part of the historical and archival work practised worldwide. Lynette Shum, Oral History Advisor, Alexander Turnbull Library and Ann Packer, Oral historian, writer and  editor. They gave lively and fascinating talks about their passion for oral history and its value.

Onslow Historical Society AGM 24 May 2023

The AGM included election of officers followed by:

Presentation of website by Geraldine Needham-Girven

By George video screenings and talk by George Walter, OHS member

Ngaio Heritage Centre Launch 4 May 2023

The Heritage Centre located in Cummings Park library, Ngaio was officially opened. The centre holds a selection of reference materials for both family and local history research, including microfilmed newspapers and indexes to births, deaths and marriages.

John Martin 29 March 2023

John Martin, author-historian

John was going to talk about his book, Empire City Wellington becomes the capital of New Zealand, but he was unable to attend. Judy Siers spoke about John's work and his presentation was shown.  

Julia Millen 26 February 2023

Julia Millen, author, historian, speaker and adventurer

Julia spoke about her memoir, Fair Weather Hitchhiker, and her memories of her youth in Khandallah. 

Waitangi Holiday Day 6 February 2023

Waitangi Day walk with Chris Horne

Mt Kau Kau - The North-side Story

The walk started at Raroa Station Station, then went through Onslow College's ground to Johnsonville Park, through regenerating bush and the remains of Johnsonville's first water supply scheme along the Northern walkway to Mt Kau Kau, ending at Khandallah Park

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