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Our Historical Scrap Book

History lessons at secondary school always bored me witless, and as soon as was possible I dropped it as a subject. But later as I started to explore the back country in the course of my Forest Service job and also as a YMCA Adventure Camp leader visiting important historical sites in Fiordland I realised that it actually was really interesting. And in particular I became fascinated with trying to visualise the lives of our early explorers and settlers.

So this page is just exactly as it says above, a Scrapbook of articles and information
in no particular sequence,
but for me at least, a view into events of the past the men and women who lived here before us.

Published Sources

Our guests often comment about our library, and of course published books are the best possible starting place to delve into “The Island Story” Check out our Bibliography. Most of these publications should be available in New Zealand Public Libraries or in second hand bookshops. While all are fascinating my particular favorites are by Olga Sanson. To read her books is to sit in front of a good fire on a wet day and listen to Olga talk of her life here.

Place Names

Place Names are a fascinating look at Stewart Island past…. see more at our place names page

Connections Everywhere

The Internet, and in particular “Google Alerts” is a rich mine with often quite unexpected gold to be found.  The tabs below will take you all sorts of places.

“The Bay”  (Halfmoon Bay) 

Probably around 1910-20

“Karl (Charlie) Yunge”

A Dane, Charlie arrive on Stewart Island after serving in the British Army 1914-1918.

“Awarua” 1885

The Paddle Tug Awarua was the Islands second ferry

History is about People

1830 .           Lewis Acker …. an early settler, whose name is remembered at Ackers Point and also the following article  Lewis Acker,

1930 .           The Cruise of the Snapper, 1822-23,

1912 .           Whalers …. arrival of a Norwegian whaler in Paterson Inlet  ODT Article,

1930 .           Article 1885,

Up until the late 1940’s New Zealand Railways was very involved in Tourism, especially with Rails Excursions, and so publicised destinations

1930 .           NZ Rail, 1930,

1937 .           NZ Rail, 1937,

Sealing was the fist commercial activity by Europeans around Southern New Zealand Dept of Conservation paper,


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