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Wairarapa Archive

If you want to find out about the history of the Wairarapa, the Wairarapa Archive should be your first port of call.

Led by District Archivist Gareth Winter, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of people, places and things that make up the Wairarapa's past, they have a wide selection of resources available, including:

Wairarapa Archive history series
The Wairarapa Archive also has an excellent series of Wairarapa history publications available for purchase.

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Location and contact information
Wairarapa Archives is at 79 Queen Street, Masterton, New Zealand, and they are open each weekday from 1 - 5 pm.

Phone: +64 6 370 6311
Fax: +64 6 377 1195

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Featherston Military Camp

B Company, 22nd reinforcements, on the Rimutaka Hill, 1917. The men are wearing toitoi on their hats. 00-38/

In January 1916 the biggest army training camp in New Zealand opened in Featherston. The camp occupied the land on both sides of the main road between Featherston and Tauherenikau. In 1916 the camp was the biggest settlement in the Wairarapa at a time when Masterton’s population was 5,500. It covered almost 30 hectares. Today there is only a memorial to the camp by State Highway 2.

1942 Earthquake: Masterton's business area badly wrecked

Evening Post, 26 June 1942


Masterton's main street was a sorry sight yesterday.

With huge piles of brick and masonry sprawling across the footpaths and roadway, shattered shop windows, and trailing high-tension lines, the condition of the mile-long thoroughfare was testimony to the intensity of the previous night's earthquake. In the residential areas householders suffered considerable damage to property, and it appears that Masterton took the main shock. Miraculously no casualties of any sort have been reported.

First Arbor Day, Greytown, 1890

The first Arbor Day, held in Greytown on 3 July 1890, was an important day for the town, marked by a procession, bands and a public holiday for everyone.

The Evening Post reported
The Arbor Day festival is in full swing. About 240 children attending the public school are on the march to the planting ground at the south end of the town, with band playing and flags flying.

The procession is a lengthy one, with the Mayor and Councillors, the heads of other municipal bodies, clergymen, citizens, and a large number of Maoris following the children.

The waggon with the trees is gaily decorated with flags, the driver being dressed in character. The shops are closed, and the day is observed as a general holiday.

Sir George Grey and Mr. W.C. Buchanan, M.H.R., intended to be present, but the debate in Parliament has detained them.  Both gentlemen have subscribed five guineas each to the demonstration.

The planting will take place after a speech by the Mayor.

Great interest is taken in the event,…