We (me mostly) started this blog as a way to share Rotorua’s
rich history with our community in an easy-to-read online format.
After a steep learning curve, I got quite good at thinking
up topics [or eras] to cover each month and proceeded to research each topic.
That was the easy bit as Rotorua Library has a comprehensive collection of
books, ephemera, early Rotorua maps, Don Stafford’s Research folders, the early
Rotorua newspapers and the Rotorua Photo News.
Rotorua’s history has been very well documented for us in
both photographs and the many stories of those early intrepid explorers and
To celebrate our 5th birthday the Heritage and
Research team have picked out some posts to highlight and share with you.
From me a couple of topics I enjoyed writing about the most
was the early [Royal visitors] and all about Rotorua’s Beauty Pageants. I hope
our readers will continue to enjoy our blog and tell all your friends about it
too. Alison Click the links to these blog posts : Rotorua Street Names Disappear
This map was published in a brochure for tourists c1940