Mrs. Kate Hadfield, wife of Octavius and daughter of archdeacon Henry Williams

Sheila Williams 4848by Roger Childs

The recently revived Kapiti Historical Society had its best turnout so far at its 26 February meeting: 23 members heard John Robinson’s interesting exposition on the link between Waikanae, Te Atiawa and the 1840-60’s Taranaki conflicts.

The next talk also features a similar period, and the life of a fascinating woman who is sometimes overlooked because of her better known husband – missionary Octavius Hadfield.

Kate Williams was the third daughter of Northland missionary Henry Williams and she married Octavius at Otaki in 1852.

Herself a descendant of an early missionary family from Hawke’s Bay, Sheila Williams will speak next Tuesday on Kate Hadfield – Missionary Wife. Sheila worked for many years at the Alexander Turnbull Library and then lectured in librarianship at Victoria University of Wellington.

The talk will be held on Tuesday 26 March at The Kapiti Uniting Church, 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach. Gold coin koha entry.

The Society aims to have interesting speakers every month or two during 2019. The April session will feature John McLean talking on “Captain Cook; His Life and Voyages” on Tuesday, 23 April. John is the author of Captain Cook for Young People.

(For further information on the Kapiti Historical Society, contact Roger Childs —pamandroger.childs@gmail.com or John Robinson — jlrwaikanae@gmail.com)