Great Barrier Island (Aotea) has a diverse history dating
back some 700 years to the first colonisation by people from East Polynesia.
1800's European arrived and their activities on the island included; the mining
of copper at Miners Head, silver and gold mining at Okupu and Whangaparapara.
Kauri was logged for many years and a restored kauri dam is still standing on
the Kaiaraara track to Mt Hirakimata (Mt Hobson). Farming was innovative and
included cattle, sheep, goats, deer, bees and of course marine
farming. Commercial whaling occurred in the nineteenth century and again during
the 1950's. Many ships were built on the island including the barque
Stirlingshire. Great Barrier Island has also been the location of more than 30
shipwrecks, the best known being the SS Wairarapa.
(A survey of
Island includes information on Maori and European settlement of Great
Barrier Island (Aotea).
History around Great Barrier Island
Edinburgh Expedition to Great Barrier 1972
The route was carefully planned amongst all members of
the family and took in courses in navigation, seamanship, boat
handling, and Quarter Master duties.
Family at Buschs' Beach, Kaiaraara Bay
Pastoral Visit to the Great
Barrier Island from the
Journal of the Rev. A. Baker, M.A. (Church Gazette.) March 1881
Eagles - Stepping
Back in Time on Great Barrier Island
Ladd - Flying to Great Barrier
E LeRoy - The Great Barrier Island Published in the ‘Journal of the Auckland-Waikato’
Issue No. 32 April
►Alethea Major (nee Lamond)
Malcolm's Lonely Life on Great Barrier Island
Part of a printed booklet of 1904 “My Own Story” in which Emile Monson Malcolm describes the sixteen years the family spent on the island from
Tales Fishing on Great Barrier Island from the 1930's.
Family - Family Tree available, see
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Stellin and Barrier Gold
- A Reflection: My time on Great
Compiled by Margaret Peacocke, a great-great-grand-daughter of Edward &
Kauri Dam - Three dams were erected
from the kauri logs, built across the headwaters of the Kaiaraara Stream,
directly below Mt Hirakimata.
First Airmail Service - the Great Barrier
►SS Wairarapa Shipwreck
Graves with a partial list of
250 passengers and crew.
►Orama Christian Community at Karaka Bay
the Albatross Movie 1996
World Premiere on Great Barrier Island
reality television show filmed on Great Barrier Island on February
Barrier Library at Port FitzRoy
►Painting of Kaiaraara & Mt Hirakimata
(Hobson) by George Frederic Allen
on Great Barrier Island 2007
Historical images not
related to articles.
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