Jonas, Dick Purdie
An enthusiastic amateur archaeologist, Dick Jonas collected information on various sites in the Urenui, Onaero, Pukearuhe district. His extensive notes include drawings, measurements, locality of finds and archaeological digs, ownership of artefacts, maps and plans and diary type notes of visits to people and places. He collaborated with A. G. Buist who produced Archaeology in North Taranaki, New Zealand a study of field monuments in the Pukearuhe - Mimi-Urenui area. New Zealand Archaeological Association, 1964.
Dick Jonas was also an enthusiastic amateur photographer and captured many images of the areas, and people he lived and worked amongst
Many of his artefacts are housed in the Taranaki Museum (Puke Ariki).
Jonas died on the 4th July 1996 aged 85 years.
The collection also includes information on the Jonas family with an extensive photographic collection which includes local inhabitants of the Urenui, Motunui, Waitoetoe areas and photographs of oil exploration in the Urenui area.
1. Exercise Book. Recordings of artefacts in a diary form. Includes photos and site maps. May - Dec. 1962
2. Exercise Book. Recordings of artefacts in a diary form. Includes photos and site maps. 1962 - 1963
3. Exercise Book. Recordings of artefacts and photos in a diary form. 1963 - 1964
4. Exercise Book. Recordings of artefacts and photos 1964 - 1972
Exercise book. Recordings of artefacts and photos in a diary form. 1962 - 1963
Field book. Plans no. 1. Site drawings and stratigraphy. 1962 - 1963
Field book. Site drawings and stratigraphy. 1961 - 1963
Field book. Plans of square F5 Site drawings and stratigraphy. 1963
Field book. Includes documentation and photographs associated with Pa site, Pukearuhe 9/2 and site map of 109/79 on the banks of the Urenui River.
Exercise book. Meteorological records 1954 - 1956 recorded by D. Jonas
Clipping book. Photographs and site maps for archaeological digs. 1961 - 1962
Clipping book. Photographs and site maps for the Waitoetoe and Mimi School Golden Jubilee 6,7,8, March 1964, Motunui School 75th Jubilee 1964 and photographs of local inhabitants of the Urenui, Motunui, Waitoetoe areas. 1964
Book. Pa fortification book 1. Includes line drawings of pa fortifications. 1962
Book. Pa fortification book 2. Includes line drawings of pa fortifications, some copied from Elsdon Best The pa Maori : an account of the fortified villages of the Maori in pre-European and modern times/illustrating methods of defence by means of ramparts, fosses, scarps and stockades
Folder. Exercise book. Meteorological records 1956 - 1959 recorded by D. Jonas ; Field book. Site drawings and stratigraphy 1962, includes map of Taniwha site, Jan.1963. ; Newspaper clippings Urenui area ; Speech notes. Opening of the Urenui Automatic Exchange, includes a history of the exchange site. ; Photograph of a young girl (unidentified) ; Letter from A. G. Buist. 29.8.64 ; Hand written notes on the excavation Kumera-Kai-Amo, Urenui ; Waitara Survey Map, wih annotations re adzes found. Name of G. Pigott at top of map.
Family genealogy and photographs
Folder 1. Photocopies of family genealogy and photographs for the Elliot, Jonas and McKenzie families including a drawing/memory map of life at Onaero 1915 - 1934, drawn by Dick Jonas. 12 May 1993
Folder 2. Photocopies of family genealogy and photograph for the W. R. King family
Folder 3. Photocopies of family genealogy and photographs for the Walter and Jonas families
Photographs. Donald Jonas (6) ; Fred Butler (2) ; Jonas and W.R. King family (7) ; Fuller family ; group photo 1940 ; Hine family 1940 ; Elliot family ; Carter family 1984 ; Family group 1983 (5) ; MacGregor family ; Rumball family ; Jonas family 1979 ; assorted colour photographs unidentified ; Marea Tippens and flax weaving (4) ; archaeological items, site photos (10) ; Family and scenic photos unidentified.
Includes portraits, farming and oil exploration in the Urenui area.
New Plymouth buildings, streets, transport, vehicles and shipping at the Port of New Plymouth.
Photographs (unsorted) and Rolls of negative film.