OTAKI HISTORICAL SOCIETY
October bimonthly public meeting is cancelled
The society will instead host an event on Sunday afternoon 8 November 2020.
Details will be posted as soon as arrangements are finalised.
Please keep this date free - we look forward to seeing you.
The Otaki Historical Society exists to foster an interest in Otaki’s history. This is achieved mainly by publishing the annual Otaki Historical Journal, which records the town’s history through researched and contributed articles that include personal and family memoirs; researched articles about aspects of Otaki history; reprints of relevant extracts from magazines, books or historical documents; and occasionally personal opinion.
Our popular Journal Index has been updated with the entries from issue 41. This year for Vol 41 of the journal we have a separate index file. Click here for the Volume 41 Index
Use the index to check if your research topics or family names have been covered in one of our previous 40 issues. Follow up your findings in your journals or contact the society to purchase the relevant issue or article.
Click here to use the index for Volumes 1 - 40.
41 YEARS OF HISTORY
This year we begin our fifth decade of publishing the Otaki Historical Journal. The journal has survived for so long
because it is embedded within our community. In this issue we present a variety of articles and stories from our area's past.
The Otaki area has lost many of our people this year and we have been able to honour some of them by writing about their lives. Memories are an important part of Otaki stories and in this issue we focus on the Rahui dairy factory and retail, as well as school days.
Learning and understanding history helps us build on the strength of the past to create a better future and one of the ways we see this is in the importance of centenaries. we look at two of them - the history of the museum building and the Returned Services Association. - which featured in recent exhibitions at the museum.
The stories of local campaigns to save our historical buildings and native fauna all show how the preservation of the past has value for our lives today.
With history now becoming a compulsory subject at school the journal will become an important resource for the development oa a local history curriculum. The society already supports students attending the two kura and the college in their studies of history and we hope to deepen that relationship.
Our journal exists because of those who contribute material to it in the form of articles, photographs and artwork. Then there is the small army of detectives (also known as the Otaki Historical Society committee) who wrangle the journal into print. We write, proofread and check, working with our designer and printers to create the final product.
The committee would like to thank our advertisers who sponsor the journal, and Maurice and Janice King, who distribute it. We are very grateful to the trustees of the Otaki Museum who help with information, photocopying and research space. We would also like to thank our friends and families who support us- who sometimes find themselves caught up in the process too, contributing to the historical record of this great and diverse area.
Sarah Maclean, Editor