A pictorial timeline of the history of Waiuku’s Kentish Hotel has been created by local historian, John Mackle.
Mr Mackle enjoys investigating local history, and took on the project after discussing it with the team at the Kentish. It is now proudly on display in the foyer of the iconic hotel.
It took several months of collating the information which Mr Mackle found in the National Archives in Wellington.
A highlight of the project for Mr Mackle was coming across Edward Constable’s original application to the then General Secretary, seeking a publican’s license. A copy of it was unveiled to him, which Mr Mackle proudly points to in the photo to the right.
Alongside copies of the documents are numerous black and white pictorial engravings, newspaper reports, adverts and photographs of prominent guests and visitors to the town.
In parallel to the Kentish’s story, Mr Mackle has also included significant events in the history of New Zealand to give readers ‘a sense time.’
CAPTION: Local historian, John Mackle, points out the original application for a publican's license for the Kentish Hotel.