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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.


Links
Wairarapa Archives
Online contact
Wairarapa Archives Blog

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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

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Pahiatua Museum

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1942 Earthquake: Masterton's business area badly wrecked

Evening Post, 26 June 1942

"MILITARY TAKE OVER CONTROL

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.