Monday, 9 November 2015

Rotorua Firsts

It's our Blog's 1st Birthday! so we thought we would celebrate a few of Rotorua's 1st's.

A Chronology  by D. M. Stafford

Don (D. M.) Stafford 

1340        Arawa Canoe arrives at Maketu
Sir George Grey (From : Te Ara)
1340-50   Exploration of Rotorua District
1650        Ngati Whakaue occupy Ohinemutu and surrounds
1835        1st Mission Station set up.
1852        1st Resident Magistrate appointed at Rotorua
1866        Sir George Grey visits Rotorua District
1870        1st Royal visit (Duke of Edinburgh)  First Rotorua Royal Visit
1872        1st Hotel opens at Ohinemutu
1872        1st organised horse racing in the district
1875        New Post Office opened in Ohinemutu
1881        1st horse sale in district
1884        1st Blue Bath built and 1st hospital built
1885        1st marathon run between Rotorua and Tauranga
1885        1st issue of Hot Lakes Chronicle is published
1886        1st known volcanic eruption
1888        1st gold prospecting begins in district
1889        1st meeting held to establish a Library
1892        1st Brass Band established
1894        1st Telephone in the district installed
1895        1st Grand Hotel opens
1897        1st street lights established
1898        1st ever (in NZ) Bicycle tracks laid in Rotorua
1900        1st Elections for Rotorua Town Council
1902        1st Bank of NZ opened in Rotorua
1903        1st car arrives in Rotorua
1908        1st Rotorua Golf Club established
1910        1st A&P Association Show
1919        1st YMCA opens on Pukeroa Hill
1923        1st Borough Council elections held
1924        1st Te Arawa Trust Board members appointed
1926        1st Rotorua Bus Company
1928        1st St John's Ambulance service
1929        1st ANZAC service held at Ohinemutu

Ohinemutu War Memorial
 ( From
1930        1st 'Talkies' at Majestic Theatre
NZ Herald 18 Dec 1931 (From Papers Past)
1935        1st tar sealed road between Rotorua & Ngongotaha
1937        1st parade of Rotorua Boys Brigade
1939        1st Rotorua Yacht and Power Boat Gala Day
1943        1st  American Servicemen arrive in Rotorua
1947        1st  Jukebox installed in Rotorua Milk Bar
1948        1st use of New Soundshell
1949        1st official broadcast from Station 1YZ Rotorua.    

There are of course many more 1st's for Rotorua this is just a small selection.   You can read more Rotorua History in Don Stafford's well known books 'The Founding Years in Rotorua' and 'The new century in Rotorua' available to borrow from the 2nd Floor.

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