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The Way We Were: Alexander Brodie: That Sturdy Beggar

The Way We Were: Alexander Brodie: That Sturdy Beggar

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  • Tue 17 Mar ’15, 1:00pm


The Treasury, 705 - 709 Queen St, Thames


All Ages

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  • Adult: $5.00


The Treasury

The Way We Were is a series of lunchtime presentations at The Treasury archive and family research centre in Thames. The Treasury will be open every day during the Thames Heritage Festival.

'Alexander Brodie – “that sturdy beggar from Thames”' by John Watts

Part of the research for a book dealing with the ‘N.Z. Telegraph Service’ and the early days related to the line established by the British army during Maori Wars in the Waikato in the 1860’s led the author to The Treasury and records of Alexander Brodie. He had been sent specifically from England to set up the telegraph line and at the conclusion of the wars left the army and settled in New Zealand and came to Thames to manage the telegraph office. He soon became involved in the local community and some of his responsibilities were, Chairman of the Waiotahi District Board, Thames County Council 1876 to 1887, Harbour Board, Mayor 1887 – 88, Member of - Board of Governors of Thames High School, Drainage Board. Established in Thames the Masonic Lodge of Sir Walter Scott, later becoming Master. A very busy Thames pioneer whose life story makes an interesting study.

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