Weighing Up the Past  – #75

Weighing Up the Past – #75

In February 1996, Russell’s old crane was placed on Russell Museum grounds where it currently stands, retired, but still in the public eye. Replaced by the Northland Habour Board with a newer model, Russell’s old crane was restored in a joint effort, sandblasted by...
S. S. Clansman’s Northern Run – #76

S. S. Clansman’s Northern Run – #76

For fourty-seven years the S. S. Clansman, owned by the Northern Steam Ship Company, ploughed through calm and stormy Northland waters, transporting passengers, and occasionally livestock, to coastal destinations further north.  In fog or fine weather the Clansman...
The Northern Luminary – #77

The Northern Luminary – #77

It’s hard to believe that our very own Russell lights is some 25 years old. Started by Jacqui Knight, Russell Lights was published by the community organisation Enterprise Russell, featuring articles written by Russell people for Russell people. There have been...
Let’s Restore Our Russell Cannon – #80

Let’s Restore Our Russell Cannon – #80

Russell Museum would like to lead the charge (so to speak) by launching a public appeal for funds and assistance to restore our Russell cannon and its carriage.  If you walk by our cannon today, you will notice it’s in poor condition.  Last time it was repaired was in...
“The Big One” – #82

“The Big One” – #82

One of the great things about spending winter in Russell is that the cooler weather brings a welcome bonus for local fishermen; the return of hungry snapper.  While it’s always nice to land a snapper that fits the pan nicely, it’s the exhilarating experience of...
History Sometimes Repeats – #83

History Sometimes Repeats – #83

First hotel licence, oldest surviving church and New Zealand’s first locally owned bank – Kororareka has had them all. The New Zealand Banking Co’s first bank opened its doors in Bank Square, Turners Terrace, (just south of  where The Strand meets Pitt St today)...