Welcome To The Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum Basket

This basket is where you will find content and media relating to Kawerau generated or held by the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum.

The Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum is managed by the Kawerau District Council and can be accessed through the Kawerau District Library. This basket is our way of sharing some of the many treasures held within our collections to the wider world and we encourage those of you with stories and memories to contribute to Kete Kawerau. At the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum we work  together to capture the fascinating stories of this area and its  community through our varied collections and exhibitions. These stories help to define who we are, where we have come from, and where we  are going. Please help us grow our knowledge by sharing your own memories of Kawerau.

We can be contacted by phoning (07) 306 9041 or email us at museum@kaweraudc.govt.nz

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Francis Prideaux Speaking at Lord & Lady Cobham visit March 1959.

The visit was informal and the vice regal party spent time travelling around town and meeting local officials. There was also formal speeches at a visit with the staff and pupils at Kawerau District High School who were also joined by staff and pupils of Kawerau North School for the occasion.  If you are in any of the photos of this event or can remember this day, please feel free to add your comments and stories.

Kawerau 1959.

Kawerau 1959 By 1959 our Town Commissioner, Frank Prideaux, believed the town was set up with the foundations for future growth provided. The major businesses in Kawerau—Tasman Pulp & Paper & Caxton Paper Mill—were up and operating, and workers were inflowing into the area to work for these companies and the other town support businesses leading to an approx. population of 3,800.  Mr Prideaux had made sure the town had all the facilities residents needed including two schools, a library, swimming pool and plans for a Town Hall &  Municipal Office were underway.  Support services

When NASA Came To Town.

Gemini XII made 59 earth orbits and was the forerunner of the Apollo flights. The spacecraft was manned by Command Pilot Captain James A. Lovell Jnr U.S.N. and the pilot Lt. Col. Edwin E. Aldrin Jnr U.S.A.F.  On three occasions during the orbits of the earth Edwin Aldrin left the capsule and floated in space beside the craft. He was attached to the capsule by a tether.

When NASA Came To TownThis exhibition consisting of the capsule, spacesuit, rations and instrument panels

Advisory Committee 24/10/1955 - 1957

Mr F (Frank/Francis) Prideaux – Advisory Commissioner

Mr CB (Clive) Boyce

Mr C (Cecil) Ellis

Mr WJ (Bill) Firmin

Mr RC  (Rolf) Adams

Mr BJ (Bruce) Godfrey

Advisory Committee 1957 - 1959

Mr F (Frank/Francis) Prideaux – Advisory Commissioner

Mr CB (Clive) Boyce

Mr C (Cecil) Ellis

Mr WJ (Bill) Firmin

Mr RC  (Rolf) Adams

Mr BJ (Bruce) Godfrey

Changes:       

  • Cecil Ellis resigned in June 1958 and was replaced by Ken Gatfield.
  • Rolf Adams resigned in December 1958 and was replaced with

Follow the links beside the name to go to our mini biographies of local identities who streets are named after.

Atkinson Street 

Sir Harry Atkinson - NZ Prime Minister – 1876-77, 1883-84, 1887-91 

Ballance Street 

Mr John Ballance - NZ Prime Minister – 1891-93 
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When NASA Came To Town.

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