Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 8, October 1967
By the late Courtenay Kenny
In the year 1877 the first trig-stations in this district were established by a Government Surveyor named J. Baber, and one of these was fixed on the sharp peak of Karangahake (1786 feet). There were others on most of the prominent mountains, notably Te Aroha, which were not less than five miles away. These are called Primary Stations. The lines joining such points form a network of large triangles over the whole of New Zealand.
Childhood at Turua
Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 45, September 2001
By Dorothy Bagnall
My sister, Helen, and I were born at Turua on the Hauraki Plains. Turua had been the Bagnall home since the 1870s, when George and Martha Bagnall and their family, who came to New Zealand from Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1864, took over the Hauraki Sawmills under the name of Bagnall Bros and Co. The family moved there from Thames in 1879 and our father, his three sisters and all but their youngest cousin were born at Turua. The kahikatea was worked out by 1919, the mill closed and most of the Bagnall families moved away, mainly to Auckland. The land was drained and made good farming country.
Waihi Municipal Water Supply Dams
Waihi Borough Council Diamond Jubilee 1902-1962
By O. J. MORGAN
Waihi is indeed fortunate in having an abundant supply of water so near at hand, yet for many years after a town had been established most households drew their water from backyard wells or rain water tanks. By having the "rights" on all the suitable streams, from which water races were constructed, the mining companies made a waterworks impossible. This state of affairs, however, weighed heavily on the Waihi Company's conscience, for it allowed some water to be pumped from its holding ponds into a small reservoir at the top of Martha St. This was reticulated in the central area of the town, while the hospital was allowed to draw from the Waitete water race near Hollis' bush.
Greyhound Coursing in Waihi
Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 22, June 1978
By Colin Huon and Bob Caundle
A greyhound was originally called a "gaze" hound because of its exceptional sight and this was one of the reasons that the Pharoahs [Pharaohs – E] of Ancient Egypt used them for hunting some thousands of years ago. The use of the greyhound as a hunter and domestic pet persisted through the ages until, during the eighteenth century, the Earl of Orford, an eccentric to say the least, decided to cross the pure gazehound breed with bull terriers because in his opinion, the gazehound breed was becoming too inbred and losing its "masculinity" - whatever that meant! Up to this stage gazehounds had always been either grey or white and the introduction of the bull terrier breed created the "brindle" colour which is relatively common in todays dogs.
The Waihi Rooster
Waihi Borough Council Diamond Jubilee Booklet 1902-1962
In 1902 a large number of Riflemen attended the opening of the newly formed Waihi Rifle Club. It so happened that there was no trophy for the champion team, Victoria Rifles. The next morning there was some fuss and bother because the Rooster from the Weather Cock on the Fire Station had disappeared — with the aid of a hack-saw. No one seems to know exactly how the matter was resolved but a notice, according to legend, appeared in the Waihi paper some time later that the missing Rooster would be returned when the Waihi Club could win it back.