Captain Handy’s Daughter – #89

Captain Handy’s Daughter – #89

During the 19th century hundreds of American whaling barks set sail from New England for foreign seas.  In December 1844, lured by the news of great fortunes being made in the Pacific whaling grounds, Captain Ichabod Handy sailed the Belle out of New Bedford harbour. ...
Scout’s Honour – #90

Scout’s Honour – #90

Built at the back of the Russell Town Hall in 1932 for the Russell Guides and Brownies Association, the Russell Scout Hall, as it was known in our community, served as the Sea Scout, Scout, Brownies and Cub Den, for many years.  Interest waned, the hall fell into...
Early schooling in Kororareka/Russell – #93

Early schooling in Kororareka/Russell – #93

Early schooling in Kororareka was a religious affair with Māori children receiving the first lessons from Marist Brothers on Pompallier Mission Station grounds in 1839.  After a Catholic chapel was built in 1840, the Brothers offered weekday classes to European...
Lindauer’s good teaching – #95

Lindauer’s good teaching – #95

Bay of Islands College recently held their Year 11, 12 and Senior Graduation prize giving and a number of ex Russell Primary School pupils, Ashe Cooper, Judy Elliot, Jack Blomfield, Jonty Hooson, Tyrone MacInnes, Hayley Jenner and Andrew Frankum were recognised for...
“Overheard in the Gallery” – #96

“Overheard in the Gallery” – #96

It’s coming up to silly season again when the symbiotic relationship between holiday makers and Russell’s economy hopefully reaches its potential.  Locals become good ambassadors guiding tourists to our historic spots, appropriate shops, restaurants and galleries. ...
The Lane Oar – #98

The Lane Oar – #98

Past events and our knowledge of them are more often than not lost to the mists of time but sometimes a link is made and history is hauled into the present for a new generation to carry forward our precious stories.  Such is the case of the Lane Oar. At the turn of...