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This should finish off the trip to Howick Historic Village
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Not much history in NZ so nice to show anything we can

Howick Historical Village is “To enlighten and stimulate awareness for a better understanding of our local heritage and culture by presenting village life in a Fencible settlement during the period 1840 to 1880”.

Puhi Nui Homestead built in 1861
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May 21 2007 15:26 GMT pauli3522
May 21 2007 22:21 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Could be an exhibit from the Museum of Welsh life near Cardiff or other open air museums in GB.
What is a 'fencible' Roger? - I have never heard the word before!
May 21 2007 23:04 GMT Midworlder PRO

The Fencibles were retired soldiers who signed up to emigrate to New Zealand, mostly from Ireland and the midlands of England. Initially they were housed in tents or temporary sheds.

The soldiers were offered a new life in New Zealand; a free passage with their families and a cottage with an acre of land to become theirs after a seven year term, in return for certain military duties including compulsory Sunday church parade. In all, ten ships brought the Fencibles to Auckland from 1847 to 1852. Their promised two-roomed cottages were not ready on arrival, so raupo cottages were built with the help of friendly local Maori.
May 22 2007 21:21 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Fascinating information Roger - I did not know any of this.
Imagine how they felt after a long voyage to find the accommodation not ready!
May 22 2007 21:39 GMT Midworlder PRO
Hardy souls in those days