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Original members of the Havelock North Town Board honoured

August 8th, 2012

Information board will honour original members of the Havelock North Town Board

A short ceremony will mark the installation of a new historical information board in the Havelock North CBD.

The information board will commemorate the formation of the Havelock North Town Board, 100 years ago. The Board was constituted on February 6th, 1912 and the first meeting was held on Friday August 23rd 1912 in the Foresters Lodge.

Havelock North Councillor Scott Henderson says “It is appropriate that the formation of the Board in 1912 is acknowledged with the information board, which will be positioned outside the Havelock North i-Site. The board will include a brief history of the growth of the village, and photographs of some of the more recognizable buildings of that time.”

“The installation of the information board is an important milestone for Havelock North. One hundred years of growth has seen the village become one of the most desirable places to live and raise a family in Hawke’s Bay.”

Councillor Henderson says “We would like to get in touch with as many relatives as possible of the original board members. The information board will acknowledge those who took the early steps in the political development of the village and we would like their relatives to be included in the ceremony.”

Members of the inaugural Town Board included:
• T Mason Chambers (Chairman 1912-1916)
• J A Potham
• H. A Mossman
• J H Joll
• A H Bale
• L T Cooper
• JJ Nimon

The information board will be officially revealed by Mayor Lawrence Yule during a ceremony at 12.45pm on Thursday August 23rd outside the i-Site in Havelock North. Members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony.

Local historian Michael Fowler will give a talk on the history of the village, at the Havelock North Function Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd, August, 2012. The talk is sponsored by Hastings District Council and entry is by a gold coin donation.

Additional information:

• 1860 – The development of Havelock North began
• 1871 - The first Roads Board was elected
• 1894 - The Roads Board was disbanded and administration of Havelock North was taken over by the Hawke's Bay County Council
• 1912 - The Town Board was established.
• 1952 - Havelock North achieved borough status
• 1989 - The borough was amalgamated into the Hastings District and Harry Romanes was the last Mayor of Havelock North


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