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Tuesday • MARCH 11 • 2014 PHONE: 09 235 78 35 FAX: 09 235 78 34





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VOL 26 • NO.09



Waiuku’s Gallipoli links

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ANNOUNCEMENT Prime Minister John Key yesterday announced the dates for the 2014 general election. The election will this year be held on September 20. Monday June 23 sees the launch of the enrolment campaign and Thursday August 14 is the date for the dissolution of Parliament. Advance and Overseas Voting starts on September 3, and ends on Friday 19 September. The last day to enrol for the election is Friday 19 September. Polling places will be open from 9.00am to 7.00pm on election day and preliminary results will be released progressively from 7.00pm on www.electionresults. Saturday October 4 sees the official results declared.



A forthcoming movie about the impact on New Zealand families from the Gallipoli landings has a wealth of Waiuku connections. The old steam tug River Queen, pictured above, has been refitted by local individuals and businesses to look like a steam picket of the kind used to ferry soldiers to the Gallipoli beaches. The tug, with a new superstructure, is being filmed in the movie north of Auckland, with a number of young locals playing the part of soldiers in the film.

105th birthday celebration for Beryl Baguley


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Film-makers sent the Waiuku Museum Maritime Section a photograph of one of the original steam pickets, (pictured right), and one of the locals who has been instrumental in developing the replica craft is Arthur Buckland, pictured above at the helm of the craft, with Kennedy Anderson as bowman. In an eerie coincidence, Arthur’s Great Uncle is pictured in the original 1915 Imperial War Museum image of survivors from a sunken ship at Gallipoli, and is circled in the image.

The Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club hosted a very special birthday party yesterday, as member of the local senior citizens club celebrated the 105th birthday for member Beryl Baguley. Beryl, looking as sprightly as ever, cut her birthday cake and made a brisk speech about the importance of supporting clubs and being a part of an organisation before those attending sang ‘For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ to warm applause. Although Beryl’s birthday was momentous in itself, she was made famous some years ago, when she was filmed for television with her late twin sister, Matilda, the pair at the time known as among the oldest living twins in the world. The twins were born in Auckland in 1909, and Beryl didn’t end up in the Waiuku region until shortly before the Second World War, when she moved to Aka Aka with her husband Johnny. The outbreak of war saw Johnny drafted into the army, and then seconded back to Franklin, where he worked in the Otaua Cheese Factory.

Beryl recalls one of her most vivid memories of those days as living in huts behind the factory which were three simple rooms, with a kitchen in the middle, and she says they were incredibly hot. The buildings were roofed with black polythene, not tin, and absorbed the full heat of the day. When the war ended the couple went milking for two years on one of the Muir family farms, then had a 10-year spell milking on Albert Holmes’ property on Misa Road, starting out sharemilking and later going halves with their own herd. Beryl has long had an interest in local bowls, of which she is a life member, and Aka Aka, then the Otaua Country Women’s Institute. She was a member of one or other of the local institutes up until the last few years, when the Waiuku Institute went into recess. The family remained farming until 1976 when they purchased a Sandspit Road property where Beryl lives today, following Johnny’s passing in 1991.



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