Fifty years ago Hawera drank 50 per cent more beer than the rest of New Zealand

Hawera's beer consumption was highest in the country 50 years ago.
Lawrence Smith

Hawera's beer consumption was highest in the country 50 years ago.

 100 Years Ago – 1917

Mr J Law received word by cable that his son Private PG Law, of the firm Law and Co of Princes Street, Hawera, had been wounded, but was safe in London.

Among those reported wounded appears the name of Captain WF Narbey, formerly of Eltham; Private John Franklin of Manaia; Private L Lewis of Eltham; Private J Smith of Hawera; Driver WM Teague was admitted to the Base Hospital in France  suffering from a severe illness; Frank Wheeler at Hurangi; Private CH Johnstone of Normanby.

Mrs Clague of Manaia received word that her son William Andre Clague of the 8th Reinforcement was killed in action in France. He was a very promising young fellow and much esteemed by all who knew him.

Private Andrew Colman of Hawera, who has been on active service for over 18 months, returned to Hawera by Express Train. Deputy Mayor L A Bone extended a warm welcome and congratulated him upon having done his "little bit" for King and Country.

Word has been received that Lieutenant Claude Harrison formerly of the Hawera Post Office, is reported "gassed". No further particulars so far are available. 

At the Movies: Opera House – The Hidden Scar.

Mr W Wallace of Meremere received word that his son Norman was killed during the great push in Flanders.

A grand Military Social and Dance was held at Manaia by members of the "C" Squadron with over 200 couples taking part in the grand march led by Major and Mrs T Sutherland.

50 Years Ago – 1967

Photo in the Star: B Muller (Eltham) passes the ball back to halfback Bill Batchelor after a lineout during the Kaponga-Eltham Senior Rugby match played at Kaponga. Others in the photo were L Todd, R Carroll, T Henley (all Eltham), T Cox and players G Hammersley and B Hodge (Kaponga). Eltham won 19-9.

Hockey photo in the Star: Te Kiri Rangers hockey players C Phillips and D Stockwell (Hawera) Old Boys battle for possession during the match played at Kaponga. The other players in the photo were P Veitch (Hawera) and I Scott (Te Kiri).

A record 500 birds were benched at the Hawera Cage Bird Club's annual show held in the Pipe Band Hall.

Hawera Rotary Club's new members were Alan Hughson and Dr Roy Chowdhury.

The beer consumption in Hawera was 50% above the New Zealand average.

The Taranaki women's bowling centre had a membership of 1207 in 35 affiliated clubs.

At the Movies: The Regent – A Patch of Blue.

Photo in the Star: Dressed for the wintry conditions at the Egmont Racing Club's winter meeting were Miss Leonie Johnson, Mrs A Hill and her daughter Shona (all of Stratford).

Births: Evans to Eveline and Laurence a daughter; Simpson to Jeanne and Trevor a daughter.


25 Years Ago – 1992

Hawera Rotary exchange student Maria Hansen left New Zealand for Denmark.

Photo in the Star: Val Wallace of Opunake received a QSM in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Mary Hurliman of Normanby celebrated her 95th birthday.

Rugby: Waimate edged past rivals Kaponga by 16-13 and Tukapa beat Eltham 28-11.

Births: Knightbridge to Wayne and Yvonne a son James Scott.

Photo in Star: Jack Landers, chairman of Manaia Beautiful Towns committee and Carroll Walsh, a member of the South Taranaki branch of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture on the new seat outside the Manaia Plunket rooms. The seat was donated by the institute to beautify the area.





 - Stuff

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