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Know your town 

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Early settlers

Thomas Fredrick Evans, saddle, harness and collar maker, also an importer. 

The Evans family came to New Zealand in the ship Adelaide in 1840. Thomas was born at Wellington in June 1852. He was bought up in the saddlery trade learning from his elder brother .

TYhomas Evans established himself  at Waihinga in 1878. Thus before John Martin’s township of Martinborough came into existence. His premises was by the small stream just south of McLeod Lane (now Radium street). 

An 1879 report on Waihinga described it as: ‘ This town has a general store , Post Office, Blacksmith’s shop, bootmaker,  and saddler TF Evans. With may other  shop s and dwellings being built.  … Continue Reading

Library Book Club 

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Well a lively group and who would have thought earth worms could be so enthralling? Alex said he thought this was one of our best meetings yet! And we had a fire drill in the midst of a howling gale

As JoJo had been sewing masks she used the time to listen to audio books  and found a great way of multi tasking. The Misunderstanding of Glenco  by Alexander McColl Smith ( amongst others} filled in the time spent at her sewing machine. And of course this Scottish story had all the ingredients for entertainment like revenge . She has other books on order. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Lions news

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Lions cancelled their early August meeting in response to the Covid 19 level 2 alert, but decided to proceed with their meeting of 26th August with appropriate precautions in place. This business meeting was well attended with Lions enjoying the opportunity to catch up with each other. 

Lions activity over the past couple of months has included revitalising the Putangirua Stream predator trapping programme, which Lions maintain in support of the Aorangi Restoration Trust. Graeme Thomson has now set up a Geo Positioning programme for all the traps on a Notebook computer that he has donated to the club. This will make it easier for members to find the traps. Max Stevens reported a great catch on checking the line recently, including seven rats, three stoats and three opossums. Max said “there is evidence of increased birdlife now about in the area, which is very satisfying”. … Continue Reading

Museum News 

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It’s a personal question I know, but what size is your waist?  It’s odds on that it will be more than 54cm, the size of this corset in our collection.   

It was gifted to the museum by the late Norma Chapman, one of the people who set up the museum back in the late 1970s (and also taught at Martinborough School).     We had no information about this wasp-waisted creation so Winifred Bull volunteered to find out more.  The only clue she had was “WB” written on the back. … Continue Reading


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

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