Russell Heritage

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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.

 

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. ...

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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...

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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...

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“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. ...

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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...

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“Go-ashore” – #101

“Go-ashore” – #101

History provides some quirky stories and the tale of how an early cooking utensil got its name could be one of them. Small, with a handle each side and a rounded bottom, such pots were ideal for cooking over an open fire.  These three-legged cooking pots were very...

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In Short Supply – #102

In Short Supply – #102

Today, food, clothing, furniture, transport and shelter are just a short trip to the shops, internet order or, telephone call away.  In the late 17 & early 1800s, new arrivals to Kororareka faced a different reality. Long voyages exhausted provisions and many...

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