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Last updated 05:00 09/06/2014
1987: Timaru people filled Strathallan St in a world record attempt for the largest street jazz-aerobics class.
1987: Timaru people filled Strathallan St in a world record attempt for the largest street jazz-aerobics class.

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This week we mark the 150th anniversary of the first edition of the Timaru Herald, published on June 11, 1864. Each day we'll dive into the archives to bring you stories, photographs and advertisements from the past, and ask some of you what the Herald means to you.

From the archives 1885

Thomas Hall, nephew of John Hall (premier of New Zealand 1879-1882), married Kate Espie, step-daughter of Timaru's Captain Henry Cain, in May 1885.

Within a few months Hall was arranging for his wife's will to be drawn up and he took out two insurance policies on her life. By the end of January the following year the reputedly wealthy Captain Cain was dead from an unspecified illness, during which time his son-in-law had been in solicitous attendance Soon after, Thomas and Kate Hall moved into his residence.

Shortly after the birth of her child, in June 1886, Kate Hall also fell ill and an increasingly suspicious doctor ran tests which proved she was suffering from antimony poisoning. On August 15 Thomas Hall and Kate's live-in companion, Margaret Houston, were arrested on a charge of attempted murder.

Houston was acquitted and Hall sentenced to life imprisonment, but after exhumation of Captain Cain he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. This was later overturned and Hall was released from Mt Eden Prison, Auckland in 1907. His uncle granted him an annuity on condition he live the rest of his life outside New Zealand.

SEE MORE Don't miss our photo exhibition at the Aigantighe, opens Thursday.

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- The Timaru Herald

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