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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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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Bill Schmelz Place

Bill Schmelz worked at the Tasman Pulp and Paper Mill as Mechnical Superintendent.
He arrived in Kawerau in late 1955 and worked at the mill until his death in 1966. 
Bill was involved with the Kawerau Pony Club and other leisure activities within
the town.
Bob Wilson  Place Bob Wilson joined the
1954  

On 31 March 1954 Francis Prideaux was appointed as town commissioner by
the Governor General.

1956 Kawerau continued to expand. In March 1956 a further 388 acres were added to the Borough.
The census recorded the population as 2740.
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When NASA Came To Town.

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