News

Sneak peek at new collection

May 3, 2019

A treasure trove of hundreds of photos has been discovered at a family home and delivered to Knowledge Bank to ensure the images are preserved for ever.

Within the collection are photos unlike anything else on record, particularly of the 1931 Napier earthquake and early shots of Hastings streets and events.

They were given to Knowledge Bank by the family of the late Dael Therkleson, who worked for Lovell-Smith Photographers before taking over the business.

Live stories of Bay’s history

March 11, 2019

The story of the Doris tragedy, a 1932 shipping accident that left 10 men dead, is just one of the local stories noted Hawke’s Bay historian Michael Fowler is readying for an action-packed talk this month.

In the days before larger ships could be berthed to unload cargo, the vessels stayed out to sea and smaller ships ferried between ship and shore to unload the goods.

On December 28, 1932,

History at your fingertips

February 25, 2019

Searching ‘fire’ on the Knowledge Bank’s new website brings up snippets of history not publicly available before Hawke’s Bay Digital Archives Trust was set up, near nine years ago.

There are images of the 1962 Watties’ fire that many will still remember and a fire in Ahuriri started by the 1931 earthquake; a grainy image of a fire from way back in 1893 about which there is little detail; beautiful pictures of olden-day fire engines;

History site jumps into future

February 10, 2019

It is perfect timing.

Just as several major historic records – one with over a million images – are readied for the digital world, Knowledge Bank Hawke’s Bay is taking a big leap into the future.

With more than 18,000 records already on-line and near nine years under its belt; the charity will next week unveil its new website at a function at its home base: Historic Stoneycroft Homestead, in Hastings.

Feeding family not easy 150 years ago

February 3, 2019

Getting food from the land on to the family table was a major preoccupation 150 years ago – so vastly different from today’s trip to the supermarket.

In the 1800s nearly 30 years of diaries were kept by Hawke’s Bay farmer David Paton Balfour, until his death by drowning on July 13, 1894, the day after his 53rd birthday.

Balfour and wife Elizabeth Roberts raised three children and tracking down food for the family was top of mind.

Massive history project fascinates MP Lee

February 3, 2019

Shining “nuggets” of history gleaned from hand-written diaries, oral histories and preserved newspaper clippings fascinated MP Melissa Lee when she visited Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank last week.

Ms Lee was in Hawke’s Bay for the Parekura Horomia Memorial Tournament; playing for the parliamentary netball team facing a Hawke’s Bay invitational side made up of friends and whanau of the late Hon Parekura Horomia. Despite her team suffering a loss against the locals, Ms Lee said the weekend was “wonderful”.

December 2018 Newsletter

December 23, 2018

  • Introducing our new look
  • A mystery solved – AB Hurst Photographic Studio images identified
  • New scanner for the Russell Spiller collection
  • Transcribers working from home
  • Landmarks Talks online
  • Remembering those we lost this year
  • Movie fundraiser
  • Volunteer of the Year – John Newson

Read the newsletter here