Russell Heritage

Explore our archives of fascinating stories

Heritage Corners

Russell Museum enjoys telling some of the fascinating stories from the town’s history. Over the years, our local paper Russell Lights carries regular feature articles called Heritage Corner which feature these early gems about the town and our people. Some of our earlier articles are reproduced here for information.

A selection of them have been reproduced here. When you visit Russell, look out as you may well recognise some of the places and names from our past. Scroll back to view archived stories from our past.

 

Dry July and Temperance

Dry July and Temperance

Many people will be enjoying a tipple again after “Dry July”, an increasingly popular fundraising event organised to support people with Prostate Cancer. And with the growing popularity of non-alcoholic beer and cocktails, more and more people are reducing their...

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Flooding in Russell, Bay of Islands

Flooding in Russell, Bay of Islands

This winter has been notable for the rain, however floods have been a feature in our area for the past century particularly since urban development. Regular flooding is recorded throughout the 1930s on the Russell to Whangarei Road, with Russell being cut off on...

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New music, old instrument – #71

New music, old instrument – #71

For a brief time today, Russell Museum was filled with music of a “historical kind” as its Harmonium or American Parlour Organ was put through its paces by a young visitor from Brisbane.  This imposing cedar giant, seven foot high, with a width at keyboard of 3 feet 8...

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Cooks and Whale Tales  – #72

Cooks and Whale Tales – #72

In 1791, the British whaler William and Ann, under American Captain Bunker’s command, hunted whales in New Zealand waters.  News that whales were plentiful spread and British and American interests began developing the South Pacific whaling grounds, with the British...

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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...

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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...

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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 many...

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