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A letter-card written by George Kinnear Nicolson Hood to Len Green, of Taranaki Breweries, while serving in the Middle East Forces. The letter describes George recounting memories of a leaving party, drinking at (Taranaki) Brewery, weather in the middle east, living conditions on service (scorpions and bugs in tents), other "N.P chaps" and of missing "the old Home Town".
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ARC2018-173

Official New Zealand Decimal Currency Board 'Decimal Currency and You' leaflet. A brochure from 1967 describing the change in New Zealand currency to the decimal system.
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ARC2018-154

Copies of the The Egmont Stamp Bulletin (1949-1950) and The Egmont Stamp News (1953-1954). A monthly circular and price list. Published by P.B. Day, 29 Tukapa Street New Plymouth.
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ARC2017-329

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Two copies of The Waitara Press, 1882.
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ARC2016-059

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Three copies of The Waitara Press, 1883-1884.
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ARC2016-058

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Three copies of the Opunake News, 1971-1972.
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ARC2016-056

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A collection of postcards presumably collected by Blanche Halcombe when she worked and travelled in Europe before and during WWI. Halcombe used the cards as a sort of diary, making references and historical notes relating to the places and monuments she visited.
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ARC2016-041

An ongoing collection of the community newspaper the Taranaki Star.
The Taranaki Star is published weekly, and distributed on Thursday, by Fairfax Media. Earlier names include The Star and South Taranaki Star.
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ARC2016-032

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A collection of the community newsletter lnside Inglewood.
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ARC2016-031

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An incomplete holding of the community newspaper the Patea Mail. Collection begins 11 December 1985 (no. 129) through to 10 February 1999 (no. 287). For this run there are two copies missing, no. 223 (c.October 1993) and no. 240 (c.March 1995).
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ARC2016-030

An ongoing collection of the community newspaper the Patea & Waverley Press.
The Patea & Waverley Press is published on the first working day of each month and is delivered free from Mokoia in the north to Brunswick in the south. It is published by editors Cath and Tony Sheard. Approximately 2700 copies are printed each fortnight. The Patea & Waverley Press began publishing in March 1999 with Issue 1.
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ARC2016-029

A postcard album belonging to Florence Mary McWilliam (nee. Winfield). The album was gifted to Florence by her parents on 6 November 1906 for her 10th birthday. The album contains 257 postcards which are mostly inwards correspondence to Florence and some are blank.
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ARC2015-075

Printing plates for the last copy of the Taranaki Daily News printed onsite at the New Plymouth office. From 18 May 2015 printing of the Taranaki Daily News was permanently shifted out of the region to Fairfax Media’s printing press in Petone. Includes front page (page 1) and magazine article about the printing changes (page 15).
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ARC2015-057

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A collection of Beer Duty stamps that were purchased by the Taranaki Brewery. The donor’s father was the chief brewer, H.N. Johnson.
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ARC2015-056

Scrapbooks collected by the New Plymouth City Council Public Realations Office relating to the subjects of industry, historical, hobbies and promotional related newspaper clippings from or about New Plymouth.
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ARC2014-132

Architectural plans of extensions to the printing and publishing office of the Taranaki Herald building for W.C. Weston. Drawn by architect W.J. Prouse, Wellington, in May 1932.
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ARC2013-1566

Three newsletters for the All Saints Church in Eltham. Two titled 'Parish News' from July 1948 (vol.3 no.6) and October 1951 (vol.6 no.9) and the other 'The Chronicle of the Life and Work of All Saints' Church, Eltham', June 1969 (vol.23 no.5).
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ARC2013-1516

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A collection of newsletters written by Geoff Clareburt, 1992-2012.
Geoff began handwriting the newsletters to his son, Alban, who was studying at University. Later they were typed, and he sent them to others, including his two other children, James and Rachel, his sister, Susan Day, and brother and sister in law, Peter and Shirley Read. The newsletters, called 'General News’, were written weekly and include information about family activities, and events happening locally and nationally. Collection also includes a bound book titled 'General News 2011' which includes the most significant newsletters from the year 2011. Geoff's daughter Rachel began having a selection of her father’s newsletter bound every year, beginning 2007.
The collection also includes two travel journals, 1968 and 1969, for the time Geoff spent overseas, travelling and teaching in England, Canada in Sydney.
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ARC2013-1422

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A collection of the community newsletter The Waitara Angle.
The Waitara Angle was published weekly by ? and was distributed to the Waitara township and rural delivery area. It contains information on local news and events. The Waitara Angle began publishing on 26 March 1992 and was wound down in November 2012.
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ARC2013-050

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An ongoing collection of the community newsletter the Moa Mail.
Moa Mail is published fortnightly by the Inglewood Development Trust and is distributed by St Patrick’s School volunteers to the Inglewood township and rural delivery area. Moa Mail began publishing on 7 October 2009 with Issue 1.
The name ‘Moa Mail’ was chosen as the best title from a local competition. It informs Inglewood and district residents of local news, information and events. Approximately 2700 copies are printed each fortnight.
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ARC2013-049

Close 2 Home is a community newpaper that been in production since August 2009. Close 2 Home was produced as a 24-30 page paper featuring regular monthly columns relating to the Bell Block community. Close 2 Home was put into recess after the January 2012 edition. It is not known if publication will continue at a later date.
The newspaper also hosts a website: www.close2home.co.nz
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ARC2012-094

TOM [Take One Moment] Okato is a community newpaper that had been in production since October 2007. TOM Okato was produced as a 24-30 page paper featuring regular monthly columns relating to the Okato community. TOM was put into recess after the June 2012 edition. It is not known if publication will continue at a later date.
The newspaper also hosts a website: http://www.tompapers.com
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ARC2012-093

TOM [Take One Moment] Fitzroy is a community newpaper that had been in production since May 2009. TOM Fitzroy was produced as a 24-30 page paper featuring regular monthly columns relating to the Fitzroy community. TOM was put into recess after the May 2012 edition. It is not known if publication will continue at a later date.
The newspaper also hosts a website: http://www.tompapers.com
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ARC2012-092

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James [Jim] Garcia was born in Richmond, Melbourne on 13 January 1875. He began his schooling at Yarra Park State School until his family immigrated to Thames in 1886 where he attended Te Aroha Primary and later Thames High School.
After finishing high school he began work in the offices of the Thames Star and Thames Advertiser papers, he later became an agent for these papers in Paeroa. Later in Thames Jim gained employment as an accountant and manager for Mr W. Forrest, timber merchant.
In about 1902 Jim shifted to Inglewood to work for Henry Brown and Company saw millers.
In 1907 Jim moved to Opunake and became manager of the Opunake branch of Brown’s Mill. During this time he also began work as a local correspondent for the Daily News and became involved with the distribution of the paper. While in Opunake he met Mary Willcox from Rahotu. They were married at the home of Paul Willcox on 30 September 1908.
In April, 1909 Jim moved to New Plymouth where he worked for the Daily News – eventually as a reporter. He also wrote articles for the Truth and Free Lance alongside other periodicals. In 1940 he wrote the book ‘Centennial History of Whangamomona’ for the Whangamomona Centennial Celebrations Committee.
Jim was very community focussed; he held various positions in the Anglican Church and in Masonic lodges. He was a founder member of the Home and School Association, a chairman of the North Taranaki School Committees’ Association, and President for of the New Zealand School Committees’ Association. He was also elected a member of the Taranaki Education Board, but died before taking his seat. He acted on the management committee of the Taranaki Rugby Union for approximately 30 years and was the president of the Taranaki Boxing Association and Taranaki Federation.
In July 1943 Jim died after collapsing in Devon Street. A very large funeral was held in St Mary’s Anglican Church.
Collection consistes of a letter book belonging to Jim for the period 11 May 1903 - 27 April 1909. A full transcript of the letter book is available.
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ARC2012-014

A six page letter written by Lesley John Cecil Medway (known as Jack, nickname 'Nuts') to his best mate Ken Morgan while serving in the 22nd Motor Battalion in Italy during World War II. Medway discusses aspects of war life such as censorship of mail, antics of the soldiers, those soldiers who they both knew from Taranaki, death of soldiers, an incident involving a mine explosion and anticipation of the end of the war. The letter has been censored in several places with words having been cut from the paper.
Five days after penning the letter Medway was killed in combat alongside his friend and ‘bivvy’ roommate 'Fudge' Valintine, also from Taranaki. An Officer recalls in J. Henderson’s '22 Battalion' the assault in Romolo:
"I was told [in an order from Divisional Headquarters] to send an N.C.O. and two men… to the village of La Romola. They were to go to the village, find out if it was occupied, count how many Germans were there and radio the information back, then return and rejoin the platoon in time to move off by midnight. Apparently Div HQ had the word of two Italians that the Germans were pulling out and the authorities did not wish to waste the ammunition involved in a barrage. If the Hun was pulling out, the barrage could be called off… I selected Corporal Edwards… To go with him I picked what I thought to be two of the most enterprising and reliable men—‘Fudge’ Valintine and ‘Nuts’ or Jack Medway. These two were friends and were as keen and fine a couple of chaps as I knew… Just before we moved off at midnight word came to me that Eddie Edwards had crawled in on hands and knees, with his feet badly smashed and his scalp badly wounded, and the information that Fudge and Nuts were dead. A shell had got them not 200 yards down the hill. Three days before that, Nuts, in a moment of conversation, had told me how lucky he had always been in having such a wonderful mother and family at home, and how he thought that if a man had to finish up his life this way he reckoned it would be worth it for a family like his. He may have known something—I don't know. I didn't tell the boys as we moved off what had happened."
In 2004 Ken Morgan met up with Jack Medway’s brother, Brian Medway. Brian promised to send Morgan some photos the Medway family had received from the war office when Jack’s possessions were returned home. Amongst the photos Brian found the letter written by Jack in Cassino. It was sent on to the original intended recipient – 60 years overdue.
Also included is the original envelope containing the letter and a three page letter from Brian Medway to Ken Morgan explaining the circumstances of finding the letter.
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ARC2011-265
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