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Name/Title
Peal's journal relates various journeys in India as seen through the eyes of an amateur geographer. Journal begins on the 22nd Nov. 1870 at Jaipore and ceases on 25th March 1871? Some sketches of geographical features.
Accession No
ARC2001-125

Ernest Charles Weston (1866-1926) and his elder brother Harold Edgar Weston (1865-1958) arrived in New Zealand on board the sailing ship 'Lady Jocelyn', in 1886. In 1888, having spent two years in the Auckland area they travelled by sea from Onehunga to Waitara. From there they travelled through Taranaki and Palmerston North to Napier.
They spent some time in Napier finding work before returning to Auckland via Rotorua, and then returned to England.
The diaries describe the brothers travels from Onehunga to Waitara by ship and then on foot through inland Taranaki to Palmerston North, from there to Napier via the Manawatu Gorge The diary finishes when they reach Rotorua on the April 30th 1888.
Accession No
ARC2001-150

The letter of transit is a forerunner of the passport, from the Foreign Office, London, requesting safe passage for Mr Christopher W. Richmond travelling on the continent accompanied by his daughter and son. 6 Nov.1876. The scrapbook comprises of pictures from various publications pasted into the book.
Accession No
ARC2001-162

Name/Title
In 1952-1953, Brian Scanlan produced a booklet titled An 1858 Journey Into the Interior. This consisted of a copy of the diary of S Percy Smith in which he described a journey from Taranaki to the Taupo and Rotorua Districts. The diary was published first as a serial in the Taranaki Herald and then later in booklet form.
Accession No
ARC2001-390

Name/Title
Born in 1850, John Brown was the son of Rev Henry Handley and Sophia W. Brown. He died in 1937.
The letter of transit is a forerunner of the passport, from the Foreign Office, London, requesting safe passage for John Brown who wished to travel in Europe 1865.
Accession No
ARC2002-75

Name/Title
The letter describes a journey taken by George Curtis and Mr Smith from Wellington to New Plymouth. Having landed in Wellington, they proceeded overland on foot. The account describes the countryside through which they travelled and the people they met of the way. It contains a clear account of Woon and Riemenschneider's missions and cultivations of the Taranaki coast.
A very basic index to the Taranaki section is included.
Accession No
ARC2002-168

Name/Title
Two notebooks, entitled 'Notes of a Journey'. The first contains eleven illustrations, three of them in colour, drawn during Smith's 1858 journey from Taranaki to the Taupo and Rotorua districts. There are also three maps indicating the route taken on the journey.
The second notebook is a written account printed by the Taranaki Herald in 1858 as 'Notes of a Journey from Taranaki to Mokau, Taupo, Rotomahana, Tarawera, and Rangitikei' by Smith. This is William Seffern's personal copy which was later presented to the Carnegie free Library, New Plymouth.
Accession No
ARC2002-300

Name/Title
Copy of part of a journal. Annotation on the top of the first page reads 'McLean, Donald. Journal of Sir Donald McLean 1839-1877 Vol 3 1850-51 Ms(1286)'.
The original is held in the Wanganui Regional Museum.The journal describes a trip over land from New Plymouth to Wanganui, giving Maori place names and people he met on the way such as HeuHeu. He travelled with William Cutfield King who also kept a journal.
Accession No
ARC2002-1017

Copies of documents from the Earl of Ranfurly's collection, (Lord Ranfurly, Governor of NZ, 1897 - 1904) held by the National Library.
Title: New Zealand Notes 1897 - 1901 [Earl of Ranfurly]. Tells on an overland driving tour undertaken by Ranfurly in 1901 - when he travelled from Wellington to Lake Taupo, to Tauranga, Te Kuiti, Mahoenui, Mokau, Tongaporutu, New Plymouth, Hawera, Opunake, Parihaka where he describes meeting Te Whiti.
Accession No
ARC2003-767

A New Zealand passport issued to Henry Ernest James Rowe. On this passport he travelled extensively throughout the world.
Accession No
ARC2003-796

Typescript copy of a journal belonging to Henry Robert Richmond. It is formatted as a letter to his mother, consisting of an account of his journey with his brother James overland from Auckland to Taranaki in 1851. It is a descriptive account detailing both the social and physical geography of New Zealand. The collection also includes correspondence from family members and W.H. Skinner.
Accession No
ARC2001-160

Name/Title
The diary is a descriptive narrative of a journey Miss Fletcher took of the Lake District in England at the end of the 18th Century.
Accession No
ARC2001-381

Name/Title
A seven page letter from J. H. Stevens to his eldest son Bert describing a train trip from Fielding to New Plymouth 1887.A typescript has been made.
Accession No
ARC2003-849

The Taranaki Travellers Club was formed in 1978 by a group of likeminded people who attended a series of lectures entitled ‘Travellers Tails’ at W.E.A. Some attendees of these lectures formed a small group which met independently to share slides, photographs and stories of trips around the world and also give tips and warnings about particular areas. In November 1978 the inaugural meeting of the Taranaki Travellers Club was held as the New Plymouth Education Centre. With increased attendance it quickly outgrew this venue and in March 1979 the club moved to the Senior Citizens Hall on Liardet Street. In 1986 the venue was again changed, this time to the Beach Street Hall, Fitzroy. In its early years the club was affiliated to the Taranaki WEA and also to the Link Association. The club met on the fourth Thursday of each month from March to November. The talks were described as informative and friendly and were illustrated by slides and covered a wide range of countries, including New Zealand. A door charge of $2 was incurred. The club wound up in early 2000 after membership dwindled and the main organisers retired due to old age.
Collection consists of records for the Taranaki Travellers Club. Records include minute books, scrapbooks, posters and membership lists.
Accession No
ARC2012-015

Laurence, a baker by profession was involved in the bakery business and retailing in New Plymouth. Two letters1862 and 1868, contain family news.
Accession No
ARC2003-390

Name/Title
A letter and transcrip from McLean to the chiefs of the Ngati Maniapoto in 1879, also typescripts headed Donald McLean Papers File 123 reporting a journey by Edwin Davey Snr and Robert Gillingham to Mount Egmont in 1847 and a similar report of the same journey titled Journal of a tour to Mount Egmont.
Accession No
ARC2002-1022

Garland William Woon, describes an overland journey from Auckland to Waimate to visit his parents who were stationed there as missionaries. He was 18 years old at the time of the journey. He describes the journey and a short stay with the Whiteley family at Kawhia. The account was later published (1926) in the Taranaki Herald under the title A reminiscence of 1849; Overland from Auckland to Taranaki; Adventurous Boy's Journey by G W W.
The collection consists of two full transcripts of the account plus a few extra sheets. Also clippings from the Taranaki Herald in which the story was published in three parts.
Accession No
ARC2005-240

Oral history. Mina speaks of her involvement in Holy Trinity, Fitzroy. She arrived in New Plymouth in 1925, her children christened at Holy Trinity. Describes church involvement such as fund raising bazaars. Also talks of her life and family, marriage, her husband's war service, overseas travel and her 90th birthday which was celebrated at Wilkinson's Castle.
Talks of various members of the Holy Trinity parish including, Miss White (nurse WWI), Mrs Waterson (teacher), Miss Giddy (teacher), Mr and Mrs Craven, Mr Archer (plumber) Mr and Mrs King. Also talks of 125th jubilee celebrations and the National Council of Women. Was a member of the Alpine Club and used to sew own packs, she also made a tent and sleeping bags.
Recorded: 8 May 1995 Interviewer: Shirley Adams
Accession No
ARC2003-106

Name/Title
Photocopy of hand drawn map showing Māori waka routes into the North Island of New Zealand. Titled 'Map 5, Canoe Areas, shewing the more important Maori Tribes, whose ancestors migrated from 'Hawaiki' (see Map 3) 950-1350 A.D. and the Boundaries of their Territories as at 1800 A.D.'.
Location of 'Map 3' unknown.
Accession No
ARC2012-198

Name/Title
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.
Accession No
ARC2013-1422
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