Welcome to the Tawa Historical Society Web Pages
Tawa Historical Society was established in 2001 from an initiative of the Rotary Club of Tawa. The Society has membership of approximately 50 people interested in the heritage of the community of Tawa.
We aim to accurately identify and to educate the Community about aspects of historical significance in the Tawa area and where appropriate to also advocate for their conservation.
Our activities include research, field work, publication, advocacy, and submission on heritage matters to the Wellington City Council.
Executive Committee Meetings are normally held at 7.30 pm on a first Monday every second month at the Tawa Community Centre, Cambridge Street. Click here for the full schedule.
The AGM is scheduled for Wednesday 27th August 2014. Usually two special public meetings are scheduled each year. These will be advertised to members and on this site when details are available.
Recent Society News
NEW BOOK ABOUT TAWA Memories of Tawa Flat, 1928 – 1958 was released in April 2013 at a function hosted at Mexted Motors. Two reprints were required to keep up with initial demand. Remaining copies are available for sale for $20 (+p&p) at the Tawa Library or through the Society. This publication tells the story of life of Brian Mexted in the form of a collection of memories and stories edited by Brian Steer who has also researched the supporting background illustrations, photographs, including Tawa School class photographs, and contemporary newspaper reports.
NEW BOOK ABOUT TAWA Best of Tawa Volume III was released in December 2012 and is now available for sale for $20 (+p&p) per volume at the Tawa Library or through the Society. This continues the stories of Elsdon Best which were first serialised in the Canterbury Times in 1915. Volume III concludes the articles with miscellaneous jottings by Elsdon about the Wellington area including information about some place names, and also a reproduction of an obituary article that was written about the life of Elsdon Best. Volume III also contains a comprehensive cumulative index for all three volumes. Volume II covers the Maori troubles in the Wellington area culminating in the battle at Battle Hill, and the building of the Old Porirua Road. Volume I concentrates on the pre-European and early European settlement of the Porirua District.
Arthur Carman’s Suitcase – The Life and Times of Arthur Herbert Carman was released in 2011 and is now available for sale for $30 (+p&p) at the Tawa Library or through the Society. Amply illustrated with photographs this publication tells the story of life of AH Carman. Arthur was a well-known Tawa identity from the early 1930s till his death in 1982. He played a huge role in community service for most of those years, and led a most interesting and at times controversial life. His book, Tawa Flat and the Old Porirua Road, is of inestimable value to anyone interested in Tawa’s history. This comprehensive book relates the life of Arthur and his family, and aspects of his sometimes controversial life in Church, Politics and Sport.
26 Oxford Street and the Bartlett family was released in 2010 and is now available for sale for $25 (+p&p) at the Tawa Library or through the Society. This publication tells the story of the house at 26 Oxford Street, built in the 1860s, and the Bartlett family that occupied it. The Bartlett family came from East Chinnock, Somerset, England to New Zealand on the Clifton arriving in 1842. After farming for a time in Ngaio they purchased a Section 44 at Tawa Flat and build the house that stands at 26 Oxford Street.
Rails Through the Valley is the fifth significant publication by the Tawa Historical Society since its formation in 2001. The first limited printing of this 56 page A4 format book with colour illustrations was released in November 2008 for the Wellington RailEx Exhibition and is now available for sale for $25 (+p&p) at the Tawa Library or through the Society.
Lest Tawa Forgets is the fourth significant publication by the Tawa Historical Society since its formation in 2001. The first limited printing of this 100 page A4 format book coincided with ANZAC Day 2008 and also the laying of a plaque at the foot of Memorial Oak Tree outside Tawa School planted in 1943 in memory of those from Tawa that gave their lives in the service of New Zealand forces overseas. It is now available for sale for $20 (+p&p) at the Tawa Library or through the Society.
See projects for further information on the project areas that the Society has been working on.
Contact Tawa Historical Society at:
P.O. Box 56-076
Chairperson: Bruce Murray Ph. 232 5374
Secretary: email: secretary (at) tawahistory.wellington.net.nz