The Marfell family arrived in New Zealand aboard the ship 'Wanganui' at Port Chalmers and came by coastal steamer to New Plymouth. They established a dairy farm in the area now known as Marfell and supplied milk to residents around New Plymouth. In 1902 the family also purchased land at Huinga.
The collection contains typescript copies of The Marfell Story written by Les Marfell, The Marfell Estate written by Mr H. Marfell and a transcript of the voyage diary of Fanny Marfell en route to New Zealand on the ship Wanganui. 1879
1. Transcript of diary by Fanny Marfell (original held by Les Marfell, 1992) The diary describes to voyage to New Zealand on the Wanganui(1879).
2. The Marfell Story: Huinga District, Taranaki: Pioneering as Les Marfell Knew It. The reminiscences describe the Marfell family, including emigration to New Zealand, farming in New Plymouth and Huinga. (Copy supplied by Don Pragnell 1991).
3. Marfell Estate by H Marfell. A paper describing farming in the Blagdon area (New Plymouth). Additions at the ends may have been written by Les Marfell.
4. Account of the Marfell Estate by Mr H. Marfell.Typescript copy.
5. Photograph and newspaper clipping. Opening of the Marfell Post Office 12 February 1982
6. Obituary Les Marfell 1897 - 1995. Daily News 1995