Newspaper Article 1962 – Find in bottle

Find in bottle

A small whisky bottle containing a document dated January 11, 1912, was found set in the concrete of the Maori Agricultural College at Bridge Pa this week.

The foundations are being broken up by John Fraser and Sons, Hastings, to make way for the new sub-division by the Latter Day Saints Church.

The foundations were being blasted with explosives, and when a charge was set off, the broken bottle was revealed.

The document reads.-

“This college was constructed in AD 1912 by the following:
“I.M. Walker, Architect; Hay and Son, contractors; H.P. Robinson, clerk of works; Sydney Kelt, foreman; H. Jackson, C. Holes, I. Doull, A. Hicks, concreters; I.Renal (foreman), I. Hooper, G. Bainton, bricklayers; R. Hay (foreman), I. Hay, W. Tucker, R. Watson, W. Watson, carpenters; A. Morrison, labourer; George Brant, camp chef.”

The document was signed by H.P. Robinson

The document and bottle in concrete are picture here.

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Bridge Pa

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Newspaper article

Date published

24 May 1962


  • G Bainton
  • George Brant
  • I Doull
  • John Fraser
  • R Hay
  • A Hicks
  • C Holes
  • I Hooper
  • H Jackson
  • Sydney Kelt
  • A Morrison
  • L Renal
  • H P Robinson
  • W Tucker
  • I M Walker
  • R Watson
  • W Watson

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