- #1729188huiatahiMemberMember since: March 22, 2017
Replies: 1104huiatahi August 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm
huiatahi#1729301vale019 August 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm
Have you been there, Huiatahi? Somehow we have missed it on our travels around the Nth Island – I would really like to go back someday just to have a look at it.#1729347BryanMemberMember since: October 28, 2006
Replies: 12531Bryan August 13, 2019 at 9:46 am
My wife and I went there for a look-see some good few years ago, as I remember. it’s just one street and a wharf. Nothing much to see but we enjoyed the drive through the bush.
At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki
#1729411vale019 August 13, 2019 at 6:08 pm
- This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by Bryan.
Hi Bryan, good to see you here. Sounds like we probably didn’t miss much but I’m sorry we missed it, all the same. I like those pretty little country towns- usually quite picturesque.#1730520vale019 August 23, 2019 at 1:21 pm
Wellington CC admits sculpture is a ‘little creepy’
The instalment of a new “nightmarish” sculpture atop Wellington’s City Gallery has caused controversy across the capital – and now the city council has weighed in.
Wellington City Council stood up for the city’s new artwork initially, posting its support on Twitter.
“This ‘nightmare’ is our delightful new resident and we won’t hear a word against him,” it wrote on Wednesday.
The tweet was accompanied by a frighteningly close-up picture of Quasi.
“We love this little guy. So if you’re not a fan I suggest you talk to the hand,” the council continued, accompanied by another picture of the sculpture.
However, a picture of Quasi in the darkest hour of the night seemed to sway Wellington City Council.
In the image, Quasi stares blankly into the camera, illuminated in the blackness by a bright light.
Well, okay,” wrote the council.
“It is a little creepy…”
Despite an apparent resemblance, the gallery says the statue, which was first unveiled in 2016, is not intended to depict US president Donald Trump.
Quasi has made world news since his arrival in Wellington from Christchurch.
The giant, anthropomorphic hand was airlifted into place on Monday and instantly received ruthless criticism.
The five-metre tall hand was called “nightmarish,” “hideous” “frightening” by social media users.
He’s scheduled to be stationed above the gallery for the next three to four years.#1735645vale019 October 23, 2019 at 2:10 pm
Six generations, three murders and a hanging: The fascinating story behind a North Canterbury farm
The Martin farm at Eyrewell, northwest of Christchurch, has been in the family for 160 years. It has a dark past.
The sleepy rural backwater of Eyreton in North Canterbury was rocked in June 1901 when three members of the Martin family were found bludgeoned to death in their farmhouse.
At the time, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, who would later become George V and Queen Mary, were visiting New Zealand and the Martin family was getting ready for the royal occasion.
A family friend passed the farm and noticed the cows had not been milked. Suspecting something was wrong, he sent for a policeman, who had to bike from Kaiapoi.
Concerned neighbours found the house locked and could not raise anyone inside. Obed Frederick Clothier, a relative of the family by marriage, smashed his mother-in-law Sarah Martin’s bedroom window to gain entry.
He found the 74-year-old lying dead in a pool of blood next to the body of her 4-year-old grandson, Laurence. The two had been sleeping next to each other when they were killed.
Once police and a doctor arrived, the rest of the house was searched and 45-year-old Sarah Ellen Martin was found dead on the kitchen floor, a bloodied tomahawk lying next to her.
It was then discovered the family’s 25-year-old manservant, Alexander McLean, was missing, along with the Martins’ horse and trap. McLean soon became the prime suspect and as news of the murders spread, sightings were soon reported.
After confirmed sightings in Waddington and Oxford, he was finally caught in a hotel bar in Tinwald, Ashburton. The hotel owner recognised McLean and let him rest by the fire, unaware, while he called police.
It is widely believed McLean attacked Sarah Ellen Martin after she refused his sexual advances and hit him with a poker from the fire. He attacked her, fatally striking her around the head. When he realised what he had done, he killed her mother and nephew, ransacked the place and took off.
McLean was sentenced in the Kaiapoi court to death by hanging and taken to Lyttelton Gaol by train.
According to reports at the time, he showed little emotion and was calm throughout his imprisonment. He was sent to the gallows on August 1901, becoming the fifth person to be hanged in Canterbury.
The Martin family house was burned down after the murders. Those responsible for the arson were never identified.
You’d think the brutal murders would be enough to drive the family out. But not the Martins.
Six generations later, Brian Martin and his wife, Carol, are still living there. Part of the original dwelling is still on the site – an old shed remains to the left of where a second house was built.
Martin hopes the family farm, already in the family for 160 years, will continue down through generations long after he is gone.
The land was initially owned by the Crown and described in the original deeds as “40 chains in a rectangle block”. Martin’s great-great-grandfather, Henry Martin, bought it in 1860 for the princely sum of £100.
Henry and his wife, Sarah, had arrived in New Zealand from Wren’s Nest, England, on the ship Clontarf on January 6, 1859. They arrived with the Beale family, whose descendants still occupy the farm on the other side of the road.
Henry Martin built a farm on the 50-acre block he named Wren’s Nest, after his home town, setting up what would become a family legacy.
Brian Martin’s grandfather was born in 1900, one of six children: two girls and four boys. He inherited the property as the only boy to survive to adulthood, having lost one brother to influenza and one to war, while the third was murdered along with his aunt and grandmother in their farmhouse in 1901.
The property ended up being passed down to Martin, and he hoped grandson Josh, 19, will become the seventh generation to own and manage the land eventually.
“I’m hoping he will carry it on. It’s been through so many generations I want it kept,” Martin said.
“It will probably be lucky to survive many more generations though, someone will probably sell it.”
The land has been kept pretty the same, save for a few minor adjustments – Martin said a bit had been sold off when members of the family were short of money over the years – and the unimpeded views are still as they were when his great-great-grandfather arrived.
Martin said it was now unusual for the ever-growing district to find an area like it, where no land had been subdivided and no new homes had gone up.
Brian and Carol Martin’s property has been recognised as a century farm, meaning it has been in the same family for a century or more.#1735662kaiMemberMember since: January 4, 2008
Replies: 9481kai October 23, 2019 at 3:52 pm
Thanks so much for adding That Val I had a few mins to spare so was able to read it
Amazing story all round..
Cheers From Kai#1735667vale019 October 23, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Thanks, dear Kai. A very sad dark history, indeed!!
Any idea when that photo of the square was taken – I can sort of remember it looking like that. Thanks for posting, wee buzzy!!#1735673supergoldMemberMember since: May 9, 2009
Replies: 9138supergold October 23, 2019 at 5:07 pm
Fascinating history of the Martin Family but so very sad. Thank you Val.
Beautiful photo of The Square in Christchurch. Looking at the clothing, it could have been taken in the 50’s to 60’s. Thank you Kai.
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1735687vale019 October 23, 2019 at 5:45 pm
Beautiful photo of The Square in Christchurch. Looking at the clothing, it could have been taken in the 50’s to 60’s
I can remember going shopping in town (in & out of the Square) once a week with my sister in those years – all dressed up with gloves and hats – very formal & sedate we were 😛
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.