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In The News! The Timaru Herald/Stuff - Steam Up Day 2021

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March 17, 2021

STEAM UP DAY 2021 - FULL STEAM AHEAD!

 - SUNDAY 14th MARCH - 10am to 4pm -...

March 12, 2021

In The News! The Oamaru Mail - Bushtown Open Day - October 2020

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October 17, 2020

THE GREAT FIRE OF 1878

 The 'big burn' began innocuously enough on 12th November with grass fires on Hunters Hills set by musterers. One was still burning three days later when a spring nor'-wester gale put in an untimely appearance. This was no ordinary wind. In Timaru, where a falling chimney claimed the lives of a mother and child, the Timaru Herald declared that 'without in any way exaggerating, we may say that South Canterbury was ... visited by the heaviest north-west gale which has visited the district sin...

May 9, 2020

FIRE RISK PRIOR TO 1878 IN TE WAIMATEMATE

Fire began to affect the landscape once the first European settlers arrived. Nowhere was this more so than on the East Coast of the South Island, where the dry vegetation was highly flammable.There one spark was enough to set a fire racing along a front several kilometers long, especially when one of Canterbury's notorious spring nor-westers was howling along behind it. The first warning of what a careless settlers fire might do came as early as 1853 when 40 kilometers of Banks Peninsula forest ...

May 8, 2020

THE BURNING OF THE WAIMATE BUSH, 1878

from TALES OF PIONEER WOMENBy "Te Wahine," Waituna W.I. "Tell you the story of the bush fire, children? But I have told it to you so many times before, why worry poor grandma to tell it again?It is ever fascinating, you say. Well, well, settle down around me, and once again I will recall those dreadful days and nights of long ago." "Your grandpa and I had recently been married, and we lived in a bush cottage on the east bank of the Waimate Creek, just where it flowed alongside the bullock t...

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