Ginger, the cat
Ginger, the cat, lived at the North Egmont Mountain House, Mt Taranaki. Harry Williams, who was at that time the Manager of the North Egmont Mountain House and a mountain guide, rescued Ginger (kitten) from the bush. Over the years Ginger was popular with visitors to North Egmont and regularly accompanied tramping and walking parties.
Categorically, Ginger was the first feline to climb unaided to the summit of Mt Taranaki. On the 16 January 1917, Ginger followed Mountain Guide Harry Williams and a group of five women trampers to the summit.
The collection includes a testimonial certifying Ginger's ascent and a newspaper clipping reporting the cat's antic by Harry Williams, who was Ginger's 'foster father' (reminiscences).
Also a microfilm print taken from the Taranaki Herald 19 January 1917. The article describes the ascent.
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1.Testimonial of Ginger's ascent, signed by H Williams and his party.
2. Newspaper clipping - Harry Williams reminisces about Ginger
3. Newspaper article, Taranaki Herald 18 Jan 1917 re Ginger's ascent
Is it possible the date of the Taranaki Herald is 19th January 1917? When I check Papers Past, the account of the climb is in the paper from the 19th January 1917. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/TH19170119.2.7
- Sue Page posted 2 years ago.