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Howick History Notes
Alan La Roche

Life for the Fencibles

Queueing for the bath Soap was expensive, partly due to Customs duties, so some used “lye water”, which is made from wood-ash in water. Water

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Howick circa 1864.
Howick History Notes
Alan La Roche

Settling in

Industrious priest The first resident priest in Owairoa-Howick, Father Marie Antoine Garin, arrived on January 2, 1848, to an empty section in Picton Street. He

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The first European soldier-settler Fencibles arriving at Waipaparoa-Howick Beach being welcomed by Tara Te Irirangi and Wiremu Te Wheoro on 15th November 1847. Painting by Alan La Roche
Howick History Notes
Alan La Roche

The early days

Grey summoned enforcements After the wars in Northland, in 1845 Governor George Grey wanted protection for the capital of New Zealand and European settlers in

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