In this issue

  • Feedback on Howard Chamberlain’s talk last month
  • The forthcoming October session – John Granville on Sailors’ Salty Language – Tuesday 29 October
  • Details of the final two talks of the year
  • Possible sessions for 2020

We have over sixty five people on the mailing list, but we haven’t seen some of you for a while – so come along and bring your friends!

Thanks to our August speaker: Howard Chamberlain

Howard spoke about his tour of Western Front sites back in 2017. He illustrated his highly interesting talk with a Power Point of maps from the time of the Great War, and places his party visited.

He also provided plenty of appropriate background on actual campaigns and battles. Much appreciated Howard.

John Granville on Sailors’ Salty Language

Tuesday 29 October at 7.30 pm

speaker JohnFormer naval man and Paraparaumu Beach identity, John Granville, will be speaking about the provision of Navy Rum and some of the rules and traditions related to it.

 He will also cover, why we have a wide range of colloquial sayings which have obvious or less obvious origins in the British Navy of sailing ship era which exist in our generation, because of the time spent in ships by most NZ immigrants from the early 19th to mid 20th centuries.

John has been or is a member in various roles of Kapiti Rotary, Kapiti Rotary Trust, Paraparaumu RSA Executive, RSA Welfare Officer, Kapiti Joggers and Walkers Club, Youthquest Kapiti, Life Education Trust, and has also been a Trustee of Paraparaumu Beach School and a Coastguard Tutor locally. He enjoys tramping, travelling and reading and is hopeful of completing his BA (Philosophy) this year.

It should be a fascinating and entertaining session. Come along!

    • Kapiti Uniting Church
    • 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach
    • Enter via the main church door.
    • Gold coin koha. Thanks
    • A light supper will be served following the talk.

NOVEMBER A talk on Tuesday November 19 from Richard Mansell on the history of Coastlands as it celebrates 50 years of operation. 

DECEMBER David Hadfield on an aspect of the Hadfield family story.

2020 – shaping up a programme of speakers 

  • Kapiti’s Changing Coastline (Professor Mark Dickson) – confirmed for Tuesday 31 March
  • Gallipoli – Myth and Reality – confirmed for April
  • Whareoa Farm (Ann Evans) – confirmed, probably May
  • Paraparaumu’s First Retirement Village – Seven Oaks 
  • The history of Paraparaumu airport
  • The Kapiti Coast Museum (Allan Carley)
  • Key figures in Kapiti’s early-mid 19th century history – Wiremu Kingi, Te Rauparaha and Octavius Hadfield

Suggestions for topics and speakers are very welcome.

–Roger Childs and John Robinson, Coordinators of the Kapiti Historical Society