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Formed in 1868, the New Plymouth Schools Committee oversaw a number of schools including Courteney Street, Gill Street, Wesleyan, East, East Infants, West, Fitzroy and Frankley Road Schools.
The records consist of official minutes 1880-1884, a letter book 1882-1886, general correspondence 1880-1905 and misc papers which include staff appointments, truancy and absenteeism notes.Each folder has an index which contains a brief description of each item, including the names of those involved (pupils, teachers, caretakers, parents, committee members etc.).
Folder 13 contains a petition with signatures from parents, guardians etc. at West Infants School, 1900.
Folder 14 contains a petition with signatures from parents, and neighbours at Fitzroy, 1883.
Folders 24 and 25 contains receipts and tenders from local businesses, some on business letterheads.
Accession No
ARC2001-002

Name/Title
Miss Belle Allen, a teacher at Fitzroy Primary School, was a member of the North Taranaki Branch of the New Zealand Education Institute.
The Institute was formed in 1896 and, while it is not known when Belle Allen joined, she was elected to the Management Committee in 1928 serving in various capacities until retirement in 1949
The presentation manuscript, contains signatures of colleges, and extracts from Annual reports, reflecting Miss Allen's contribution to the North Taranaki Branch of the New Zealand Education Institute over the years.
Accession No
ARC2001-22

Name/Title
In 1875, Irish born Colonel Robert Trimble brought his wife Jane and family of 5 sons (Alfred, Heywood, Montfort, Harold and Shirley) and three daughters (Nora, Ellie and Jessie) to New Zealand, settling in near Inglewood. They purchased and developed a property on the main road near the Norfolk Road junction and called it Riverdale.
The letters are written primarily by Nora and Ellie Trimble, two unmarried sisters who remained at the family property. The letters are directed to their niece Dorothy (daughter of Heywood) and her two children Betty and Joan who were living in Otago.
Nora and Ellie write of daily life on the farm, cooking, preserving, reading books, and social exchanges. They make comment on individuals and families in the district and describe trips to New Plymouth. Adventurous spirited Ellie develops a passion for aviation and while she never learnt to fly, planes are often mentioned in her letters.
Accession No
ARC2001-37

Typescript with original drawings. Entitled "Pioneer Tales from Taranaki's Rough North East Back Blocks" the reminiscences are a series of stories and verse depicting life in the Kohuratahi / Marco area in the early 1900s. It is illustrated with sketches (drawn in ball point pen) and photographs.
This is later edition to that described in ARC2001-134. There are some minor changes to the text and different drawings.
Accession No
ARC2001-133

Name/Title
Mabel Wilson was born in 1884 and moved to the Kohuratahi area in around the turn of the century. From 1909 - 1913 Mabel was sole charge teacher at Marco School before marrying Walter Whitaker in 1917. Over the years, Mabel taught in many schools throughout Taranaki and was renowned as a pianist, accompanying many choirs and congregations. A fuller biographical essay was researched and written by Florinda Lambert and has been published in the Dictionary Of New Zealand Biography Vol 3 1901 - 1920.
A collection of misc. papers relating to the life of Mabel Whitaker.
Accession No
ARC2001-130

Titled "Pioneer Tales from Taranaki's Rough North East Back Blocks" the reminiscences are a series of stories and verse depicting life in the Kohuratahi / Marco area in the early 1900s. It is illustrated with sketches (drawn in ball point pen) and photographs.
Bound into a volume, with the title in gold lettering on red buckram, the reminiscences are signed by M. Whitaker, 90 Lemon Street, New Plymouth, it includes a foreword by an granddaughter or grandson.
Accession No
ARC2001-134

Name/Title
A Form II school project titled 'Early Taranaki'. The project is a number of lined sheets pasted into a brown paper cover. Illustrated by David Scott with a view of the mountain and written in pen. Title of chapters are : Early settlers to Taranaki; When Te Whiti Came to Town; When War Came to New Plymouth;
Accession No
ARC2001-250

Name/Title
The collection consists of a Form I school assignment created by Noeline Taylor c1955. Titled 'Buying a House' the project includes sketches of the proposed house, letters to banks re opening accounts and land agents re the purchase of property and also newspaper clippings illustrating the type of fittings and furniture used to furnish a house during the 1950's.
Accession No
ARC2001-249

Tutoring notes (mss) on a wide range of subjects to proficiency level. Possibly owned by E. Diack of Napier. Also a small collection of poems (some Mss) and a selection of official examination forms
Accession No
ARC2001-253

A sheet of paper containing two school projects. One is titled 'Eels' briefly describes the life of an eel. The other, titled 'Milk' mentions that cows are usually milked with electric machines and that Louis Pasteur discovered pasteurization.
Accession No
ARC2001-252

Name/Title
A school project produced by Judy Matheson titled 'Wanted - A modern House, good order'. This includes sketches of a house and copies of correspondence to estate agents etc
Accession No
ARC2001-251

Name/Title
Joe Rodrigues was part of a group of individuals who formed and set up SeniorNet in New Plymouth. SeniorNet promoted the use of personal computers and ran training workshop specifically for middle aged and older people.
Jeanne van Gorkom interviews Joe Rodrigues on his involvement with SeniorNet. Recorded at his home on 15 October 2001.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of SeniorNet in New Plymouth
Accession No
ARC2001-259

Name/Title
Geoff Gilbert was part of a group of individuals who formed and set up SeniorNet in New Plymouth. SeniorNet promoted the use of personal computers and ran training workshop specifically for middle aged and older people.
Jeanne van Gorkom interviews Geoff Gilbert about his connections with SeniorNet, an organisation which promotes the use of computers and runs training programmes primarily for middle aged and senior people. Recorded at his home, 36 Balance Street, New Plymouth on October 9th 2001
Accession No
ARC2001-258

The collection consist of typescript notes titled 'Another Miniature of Yesterday' by Ruth Cann which were also published in the Hawera Star Dec 1 1978 (photocopy of newspaper article also included).
Ruth Cann has taken extracts from the Hawera Main School log book relating to the band and orchestra 1925 - 1937, along with reminiscences.
Accession No
ARC2001-271

A collection of newspaper articles relating to library services in Taranaki and copies of articles written by S. C. Allen in 1933-36 for the Taranaki Daily News.
Accession No
ARC2001-304

A paper compiled by Priscilla Sandys Wunsch on the history of Taranaki Branch of the New Zealand Federation of University Women. Includes lists of members to whom honours were awarded and Taranaki Branch office bearers 1950-1981.
Accession No
ARC2001-336

Paper written by H. W. Insull for the New Plymouth Historical Society meeting 16 May 1955. The paper covers the development of the New Plymouth Educational Board and Board of Trustees. Includes a list of those appointed to these bodies. Some annotations in the margins.
Accession No
ARC2001-334

A paper written by H. W. Insull and read at the New Plymouth Historical Society meeting 31 July and 18 August 1947. Contains descriptions of early schools and teachers, some with pupil lists in the New Plymouth area taken from a variety of sources including; Benjamin Wells The history of Taranaki and Charles Hursthouse's An account of the settlement of New Plymouth in New Zealand. In four parts.
Accession No
ARC2001-333

Name/Title
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of SeniorNet in New Plymouth.
Oral history. Jeanne van Gorkom interviews Geoffrey Souster about his connections with SeniorNet, an organisation which promotes the use of computers and runs training programmes primarily for middle aged and senior people.
Accession No
ARC2001-340

Name/Title
Born in Ireland in 1933, Bridget Shannon, a religious sister with the Catholic Church and was part of a group of individuals who formed and set up SeniorNet in New Plymouth.
Oral history. Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of SeniorNet in New Plymouth. Jeanne van Gorkom interviews Bridget Shannon, about her involvement with SeniorNet, an organisation which promotes the use of computers and runs training programmes primarily for middle aged and senior people.
Accession No
ARC2001-342

Name/Title
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of SeniorNet in New Plymouth.
Jeanne van Gorkom interviews Esta Wilson about her connections with SeniorNet, an organisation which promotes the use of computers and runs training programmes primarily for middle aged and senior people.
Accession No
ARC2001-339

The New Plymouth Central School was opened in 1884; it was an amalgamation of several small schools operating in New Plymouth at that time - Kauwau (Miss Lydia Shaw), East School (O'Connell), West School (McKee) and Gill Street School (Miss Reeve).
The records include the minute books for the Central School Committee from 1918 to 1956, the minute book and register from the 50th Jubilee committee, five examination registers which give an incomplete coverage 1942 - 1962, the Courtenay Street (Infant) School log book 1911 - 1936, two Central School (Upper School) log books 1918 - 1970 and photographs 1890 - 1972 and a folder of examination reports for West End Infants' Public School 1886-1887.
Accession No
ARC2001-404

Biographical notes on Elsie Andrews compiled in 1963 by Agnes J Shelton BHSc. The following organisations assisted in providing information: The Taranaki Education Board, NZ Women Teacher's Assoc., NP branch of the National Council of Women, NZ Educational Institute, NP Girls High School Old Girls Association, Taranaki Women's Club, Mrs Waterson, Miss Giddy (The later being nieces of the late Miss Andrews)
Accession No
ARC2001-423

Name/Title
Jeanne van Gorkom has a life interest in adult education and learning, and works within various volunteer organisations. A member of the Friends of the Taranaki Museum Oral History Group, Jeanne conducted a number of interviews on the voluntary organisation SeniorNet, recording its formation and first four years of operation.
Mary Donald interviews Jeanne van Gorkom about her connections with SeniorNet, an organisation which promotes the use of computers and runs training programmes primarily for middle aged and senior people. The interview also records the reason why the SeniorNet project was developed and recording methodology.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of SeniorNet in New Plymouth
Accession No
ARC2001-484

The Pukeho School was opened in 1909 and closed 1956, with children being enrolled at Tarata School.
The collection includes a minute book recording business from March 1909 - April 1919. and photographs from the 50th Jubilee, published in the Spotlight magazine.
Accession No
ARC2001-521
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