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Based on conversations with Doreen Devereux Pollard (nee Armstrong), topics covered include information on pa, a massacre on 'Maori Hill', Pungarehu, 'mysterious trenches' , urupa, a description of Pungarehu in the 1920s, family life, Parihaka, memories of the farm, family information, the tollgate, Maori/Pakeha relations and interaction, gardening, depression schemes, rock carvings etc. While primarily Doreen Pollard's memories, the notes also include comments contributed by others.
The research notes were compiled by Coral Beadle. The finished work illustrates the history of the Pungarehu area from the late 1880s to C1970.
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Written by Herbert Baxter, son of Richard Baxter, a settler on Otaroa Road, Tarata. In the form of a reminiscence, the essay describes the development of a farm in the 1890's from the selection of land to the clearing of bush. He gives a detailed description of pit sawing. This information was used by Sir James Elliott as background in his novel 'The Hundred Years' published in 1939.
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