Mt Ruapehu to Anzac Cove

Edward Fisher was born in Brisbane and came to New Zealand, where he settled in...

Killed before receiving medal for bravery

Walter Evans was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field, but did not live...

Illness led to shortened life

Joe Governor suffered a miserable time in various hospitals during the war before being...
Mt Ruapehu to Anzac Cove

Mt Ruapehu to Anzac Cove

Edward Fisher was born in Brisbane and came to New Zealand, where he settled in Masterton. In 1909 he was playing for the Third XV and that year they won their group’s championship. Fisher was regarded as a “very fine goalkicker”. At this time, he was working as a...

Killed before receiving medal for bravery

Killed before receiving medal for bravery

Walter Evans was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field, but did not live to see it presented. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA ARCHIVE Walter Andrew Evans was from one of the original European families to settle in Masterton. He was born in 1895 to Maria and Frederick...

Illness led to shortened life

Illness led to shortened life

Joe Governor suffered a miserable time in various hospitals during the war before being returned home, where he spent time in Rotorua’s King George V hospital (pictured). PHOTO/WAIRARAPA ARCHIVE Joe William Governor was the son of William Governor [Kawana] and his...

Military medal and life-saving heroics

Military medal and life-saving heroics

Masterton’s Harry Selby, second from right in the front row, died on October 5, 1917, while serving as a gunner on the Western Front. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA ARCHIVE Among the first Masterton soldiers to enlist for World War I was the popular athlete Harry Selby. He was born...

Crush injury “worse than being shot”

Crush injury “worse than being shot”

George Scrimgeour was born in Waipawa and later came to Masterton with his father, who was a hotelkeeper and had taken up the licence of the Club Hotel. Scrimgeour became very sick with pneumonia in 1912 and was hospitalised for a period of time before he made a...

Grandad puts a stop to divorce talk

Grandad puts a stop to divorce talk

Ethel Barr as a young girl. She was born in Masterton in 1894. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA ARCHIVE Ethel Barr was born in Masterton in 1894, the illegitimate daughter of Alice Braggins, thus granddaughter of Edward Braggins, an early Masterton publican, and his wife Sarah Sayers....

Mum stops raid on German neighbours

Mum stops raid on German neighbours

Greytown historian Jack Bull in a Times-Age photo published in July, 1990. He had a keen interest in the natural and cultural history of his town. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA ARCHIVE Jack Bull was one of Wairarapa’s prominent historians. Born in 1910, he was too young to enlist...

‘We have lost a good many men’

‘We have lost a good many men’

People climbing Mt Maunsell, known locally as the Tinui Taipo, to the Tinui Anzac Cross. PHOTO/FILE One of Masterton’s first soldiers was a carpenter who served at Gallipoli, but was back in New Zealand by the first Anzac Day in 1916. There he took part in raising the...