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Well, well -- it's a slice of history SHAGGY GIANTS
The 65th Regiment had the
distinction of being the longest
serving British infantry regiment
in New Zealand, stationed here
from 1846 to 1865.
''The men of the 65th who
paraded were shaggy, bearded
giants, roughly clad, with their
arms in excellent order.
''The 65th man was a breezy,
brawny giant, who moved about
in loose clothes, open, chatty,
and good-natured. He got
blazing drunk whenever the
opportunity offered, took his
punishment as if it were a cup of
coffee, was a perfectly
wholesome child of nature, who
laughed and shook hands with
every one he met. He was
perfectly respectful to his
officer, saluted him reverently
with a twinkle in his eye, as
though he would say How goes
it, Charley?'' -- from historian
Tim Ryan's potted history of the
History underfoot: Old Mill owner
Anne Vink on the site of bricked-over
wells built by the 65th Regiment,
who camped in Onepoto Gully (now
Main St) from 1858.
Robert Park, of
during the early
Wells 150 years old built by
soldiers of the 65th Regiment in
Onepoto Gully have been
uncovered above the Old Mill in
The four reservoirs stored
artesian water captured off the
hillside, which was channelled to
the troops camp below.
A detachment of officers and
about 100 rank-and-file soldiers of
the 65th arrived at Port Ahuriri in
February 1858 aboard the East-
field and set up a temporary camp
in the gully.
Old Mill owner Anne Vink says
an Historic Places Trust investi-
gation of the wells had identified
them as the work of the 65th Regi-
ment in part because of the simi-
larity between them and later
wells dug in what is now the
She found the wells, which are
capped with bricks, while clearing
blackberry from her hillside to
make way for native plants.
My spade hit the top of one of
them and it went bong .
She guessed immediately it was
a well, because she had earlier
found reticulation channels.
Ms Vink believes the wells were
also used to supply water to the
boiler and dye house, and the
woollen mill, which was built on
the site in 1902. It was amazing
to have discovered such a tangible
piece of history beneath her feet,
Her late husband, Frits, an avid
military collector who died in
2006, would have been thrilled at
The wells were the oldest piece
of history to come to light on Main
St, Napier s oldest street.
Ms Vink welcomes members of
the public who would like to visit
the Old Mill. Please phone first:
06 835 4322.
Veges lead the way in garden boom
Blooming: George Coldicutt's garden at 3 Lannie Place, Greenmeadows,
presents a bouquet of flowers to the street. His garden won third place in
the Tamatea/Taradale/Greenmeadows area.
Eye for design:
Fine figure: Copper-painted statues
are a feature of Mr James' garden.
The popularity of vegetable gar-
dens and the number of under-30-
year-olds taking up gardening
were notable aspects of this year s
Napier Garden Competition.
There were record entries in the
competition, says judging co-
ordinator Val Ford of Spirit of
Napier Lions, which organised the
competition on behalf of Napier
It s trendy to have a vegetable
garden at the moment, Ms Ford
Holding the competition a week
or two later than usual seemed to
have made a difference to the
flower gardens, which were in top
condition for the judges when they
visited last week.
Other prizes in the competition,
including the Altrusa Cup and
Champion Garden, will be
announced at a function at the
Ahuriri Bowling Club on Novem-
First Time Entry
1 Valerie Schofield, 5/16A
McVay St; 2 Suzanne Harley, 6/21
Douglas McLean Ave; 3 Joan
Geoghegan, 28A Osier Rd.
1 Tom & Ngaire Gainey, 325
Church Rd; 2 Jeanette Weber &
Robbie Buckley, 68 Townshend
Cres; 3 Russell Price, 8 Somerset
1 Alan & Lyn Whitfield, 24A
Havelock Rd; 2 Tom & Ngaire
Gainey, 325 Church Rd; 3 Trish
Cummins & Eric Phimister,169
1 Mrs Hutt, 68 Merlot Dv; 2
Peter Turnbull, 11 Lindis Plc; 3
Ken & Robyn O Keeffe, 25/233
Residential Area 3 (Marewa,
Maraenui, Napier South,
1 Kathy Bottomley & Noel
Larsen, 3 Butler St; 2 Mary Simp-
son, 1/20 Latham St; 3 Beryl
Anderson, 528 Kennedy Rd.
Residential Area 1 (Tamatea,
1 Colin James, 8 Gordon St; 2
Colleen Knuiman, 2 Weatherfield
Mews; 3 George Coldicutt; 3
Residential Area 2 (Ahuriri,
Bay View, Westshore, Napier Hill,
1 Alan & Lyn Whitfield, 24A
Havelock Rd; 2 Elaine Thomson,
40 The Esplanade.
1 Gwen Wagner 4/233 Guppy
Rd; 2 Lorna Keen 4/249 Taradale
Rd; 3 N & P Newby 3/233 Guppy
Rd.Dob In the Garden
1 Ruth Baikie, 3 Bishops Cls; 2
Shirley Richards, 35/233 Guppy
Rd; 3 A & M Nattrass, 66 Merlot
1 The Mill, Main St; 2 Colonial
Lodge Motel, 164 Gloucester St; 3
Hawke s Bay Protein, Waitangi
1 Princess Alexandra Retire-
ment Village, 145 Battery Rd; 2
Riversdale Lifestyle Village, 233
Guppy Rd; 3 Scinde Masonic Vil-
lage, 16A McVay St.
1 Onekawa Kindergarten, 29
Maadi Rd; 2 Wharerangi Kinder-
garten, 13 Essex St; 3 Otatara
Childrens Centre, EIT Campus.
1 Porritt Primary, 36 Lyttleton
St; 2 Napier Girls High School,
Clyde St; 3 Westshore Primary
School, Fergusson Ave.
Napier City Council Flats
1 Teresa Clements, 83 Tait Dv.
Children s Gardens
1 Cole Dallimore; 205 Avenue
Rd; 2 Jed Blundell, 16 Creagh St.
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