Historic tales

JUDITH LACY
Last updated 12:00 13/06/2012

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Garry O'Neill is thrilled with the "unbelievable material" Tribune readers have provided on Hokowhitu's history.

The retired Palmerston North man plans to launch his book, Hokowhitu: The Story of Settlement and Development, during Local History Week in November.

He has received 57 responses to the article in April 18's edition. That day he had 20 phone calls, the first by 9am.

One man spent all morning finding a photograph of the Dalziel family's gardens on the corner of Victoria Ave and College St. Mr O'Neill said the photo was exactly what he wanted.

He met a woman associated with Vidal Wines who filled him in on the history of the winery that started in Pahiatua St in the early 1900s.

Unsuitable growing conditions saw it later move to Hawke's Bay.

As well as adding to his material on early Hokowhitu, Mr O'Neill is pleased readers have confirmed his research on different matters.

Readers were not able to provide any information on early Hokowhitu entrepreneur and developer Frank Snow, other than his daughter went to Carncot School.

Alex Halligan, who was in the photograph of boys canoeing on Hokowhitu Lagoon, emailed to say all the boys belonged to Te Awe Awe Scout troop.

He made a canoe with ply and canvas, which was painted to make it waterproof.

Mr O'Neill is still keen for photographs of life in the transit camp for returned World War II soldiers.

Contact 354 3737 or magon@xtra.co.nz.

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