The Greek writer and geographer Herodotus is known as the father of history because he was the first to collect and systematically document events and create accounts. He compiled these into a single major work known as “The Histories”.

In this issue

  • Thanks to Bruce Taylor who spoke in November
  • The upcoming December session – David Hadfield on The Ups and Downs of Farming in Kapiti  — Tuesday 15 December
  • Thanks to the team

Thanks to our November speaker: Bruce Taylor

This was another excellent session enjoyed by a full house of 53 people (see the previous post).

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The December speaker – David Hadfield

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In his session David will continue the story of his family’s tenure on the Kapiti Coast.  Having presented in December 2019 on the life of his missionary great-great grandfather, Archbishop Octavius Hadfield, David will continue the Hadfield story through stories, photos and audio recordings, recounting the lives of his great grandfather Henry and his grandfather Gordon. Henry was a Maori interpreter for many years in the House of Representatives and the Legislative Council and purchased and farmed Lindale. Henry’s eldest son Gordon was a progressive and hard-working famer who was an early adopter of fertilizer and artificial breeding in his dairy cows.  David’s session will feature excerpts from an audiotape done by Gordon in 1970 where he reminisces about farming life on the Kapiti Coast right back to the early 1900s.  

  • Tuesday 15 December at 7.30pm
  • Kapiti Uniting Church, 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach.
  • Gold coin koha. Thanks. 
  • A light supper will be served following the talk.

Thanks to the team

We would like to express our appreciation to Lesley Robinson, Pam Childs and helpers for organising the suppers; Gordon Dickson for handling hall bookings and opening up; Larry Keim for providing the gear for data sticks and Power Points, and to all of you who have supported the Kapiti Historical Society by coming along to sessions.

Very best wishes to everyone for the festive season.

Kind regards

Roger Childs and John Robinson