Our People is a rotating display of six panels that share the stories of people who have helped shape the character of Morrinsville over the years.
We select stories of people that represent a diverse range of people – gender, ethnicity, ordinary people as well as those in important positions, ‘characters’ and ages.
Our first set of panels included Sue and Waea Mauriohoho (Murray), Frances Joseph, Kitty Seville, Ken Thomas, Mary Turnbull.
As the panels are taken down to make way for new ones, they will be added to this online collection.
Dr Te Waea Mauriohoho and Sue Te Haora Mauriohoho
Te Waea and Sue Murray were local residents who had a strong connection with both Māori and Pākehā in Morrinsville.
Francis Joseph Marshall
Frank Marshall had a natural aptitude for understanding all matters pertaining to stock and it was this ability and fondness for animals which brought him to New Zealand in 1882. He was in charge of a consignment of stock which included animals for Thomas & Samuel Morrin.
Caroline (Kitty) Ada Seville
Caroline Ada Insull trained as a nurse in the Birmingham General Hospital and was later a Sister at Dudley Hospital.
Kenneth James Thomas
Kenneth James Thomas was the oldest child of Fred and Emily Thomas.
One of the first non- Māori families to come to Morrinsville was the Turnbull family. Mr John Turnbull and his wife Jane arrived in New Zealand on the ship ‘Gertrude’ in 1863. In 1872, John came to Morrinsville to manage the large block of land, Te Au o Waikato, for Mr William Innes Taylor.
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