New Zealand Memories issue 168

New Zealand Memories issue 168

June / July 2024



Letters  6

The Trials of Nurse Kerr   8
Scott Bainbridge writes about the readily 
available drug Veronal, which was believed 
to be the cause of death in several murders 
in the ‘30s.

Past Masters    11
David Hill shares his memories of the 
Napier Boys’ High School teachers of 
the 1950s and their often quirky nicknames.

My Primary School Days    14
What was Primary School like more than 
70 years ago? Bev Wood gives us a sneak 
peek at the primary schooling of the time.

Clutha River Steamers   18
W. J. Cowan delves into the trials and 
tribulations of the Clutha River, which 
120 years ago was an important waterway.

To the City   24
Russell Gifford fondly recalls his family’s 
holiday to Christchurch in 1952.

Budding daredevil   26
An action shot captured by Colin W. Anstis in 1979.

Our First Political Cartoonist   27
Ian Dougherty writes about 
James Brown, a 19th-century 
engraver, artist and cartoonist.

Travelling on New Zealand 
Railways at Night   30

Bill Prebble provides stunning 
imagery of New Zealand’s rail service.

Artistes and the Manuka   34
The Manuka sank on New Zealand’s 
notorious Catlins coastline in 1929.

Kiwi Foresters in WWII   41
Patricia Fenton highlights the 
role of New Zealand foresters 
in World War II.

A century of New Zealand Mining   44
Lincoln James details the past 
100 years of mining in New Zealand.

Twisting and shouting for The Beatles   50
Sixty years ago, a group of young Liverpool lads flew into New Zealand to the screams of their fans.

A Wright Ramble part two   54
Fortunatus Elworthy Evelyn Wright 
is revisited in Part two of account of 
his journey to Hanmer Springs.

Christchurch’s Newspaper Wars   59
Ian F. Grant writes that jockeying for circulation, the Sun quickly became an irritant to the Press 
and Lyttelton Times companies.

Index    66