Thursday, 22 August 2013

On this day in 1870

Ebenezer Goddard Norris
Image © and courtesy of Tauranga City Libraries
After local residents sent a request to the Superitendent of Auckland Province, the Tauranga Highways Board was gazetted and Trustees were elected at a meeting in the Masonic Hotel on 22nd August 1870.  They were John Chadwick (property owner), Samuel Clarke and John Moorom (settlers), Ebeneezer Norris (storekeeper) and James Campney (proprietor of the Masonic Hotel).  The first Board had a very short life, a new Tauranga North Highways Board being elected the following month (30 September) to look after the roads of the township's centre. Ebenezer Norris, pictured above, was on both of these Boards.

Sources

Bellamy, A C (ed.) (1982) Tauranga 1882-1982, Tauranga: Tauranga City Council [Courtesy of Stephanie Smith].

Stokes, E. (1980) A History of Tauranga County, Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.

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