Wedding couple remain mystery

The mystery of the couple who married at Tamahere some time last century and whose wedding photo was posted to England persists.

The post seeking information about “Arthur and Glad” drew one interesting response but did not resolve the mystery.

“I’ve had a scan through my list of marriages at St Stephen’s, Tamahere between 1883 and 1967 – though the clothing in the photo looks 1920s-30s to me – and there’s only one groom called Arthur,” emailed local, Marg Forde.

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Who are Arthur and Glad?

Can anyone help identify a mystery couple who seem to have connections to Tamahere and whose wedding photo has turned up half a world away?

Claire Ivison, who lives in London, has sent the accompanying photo of ‘Arthur and Glad’, apparently taken on their wedding day and sent from Tamahere but she has no idea how they are connected to her family.

“I found the photo and label among some old family items. The address seems to be Tamahere but I cannot find Arthur and Glad on my family tree.”

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School creates million dollar buzz

The seemingly ever circling, small aircraft above Tamahere are a frequent reminder of the CTC Aviation, pilot training school at nearby Hamilton Airport.

Perhaps not surprising then to learn that currently CTC has 190 cadets in training (hailing from 15 countries), and has trained more than 1250 cadets (from 28 nations) in its eight years.

All that buzzing overhead has, according to a study, contributed more than $280 million to the Waikato economy.

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Church lifts roof

St Stephen’s Church Tamahere is sporting a gleaming new roof.

The old cracked and leaking Decramastic tile roof came down this week and was replaced in just four days with longrun roofing by The Roofing Specialists – no easy task with a 60deg roof pitch and under a baking sun.

The old roof had been in place since the church was built in 1972 on the ashes of the original 1882 church.

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Icepak investigator honoured

The Labour Department expert who investigated the Icepak fire at Tamahere has been honoured.

Keith Stewart, one of the department’s leading health and safety experts, has been given a lifetime achievement award for his 35 years of dedication to workplace health and safety in New Zealand.

He was honoured for his contribution and commitment to health and safety at this year’s Workplace Health and Safety Awards gala dinner in Auckland on Thursday.

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More deaths without gas controls warns industry

More regulation is needed to prevent a recurrence of the Tamahere Icepak tragedy, says a leader in the refrigeration industry.

“We need more regulation to prevent similar tragedies,” says Rob Morgan, chair of the Climate Control Companies Association. “What is in place is little known and insufficient.

“There is licensing for many trades, including plumbers, roofers and electricians; the person who fills up your gas bottle at the petrol station needs to be an approved HSNO filler, but anyone can install flammable refrigerants into a large system.”

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Lovell last coolstore blast victim hopes coroner

Just two weeks short of the fourth anniversary of the tragic Icepak Coolstores explosion Hamilton Coroner Peter Ryan has released his findings on the death at Tamahere of senior firefighter Derek Lovell.

Derek Lovell, 49, died of traumatic injuries from an explosion on April 5, 2008 at the Devine Rd coolstore facility when he and seven other firefighters responded to a fire alarm triggered by a major leak of highly flammable LPG refrigerant.

Following an inquest held over three-days in September 2011 the Coroner made a number of recommendations designed to prevent further deaths occurring in similar circumstances.

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Riverlea owners lie in Tamahere

Tamahere’s historic cemetery contains the graves of The Rev Joseph Clark and his wife, Ethel Mary Ball Clark, long-term owners of Riverlea, the historic homestead that still stands in the suburb that took its name.

Joseph Clark, born in 1853, and Ethel Clark, born in 1856, were married in Auckland in 1902. Ethel bought Riverlea on October 9, 1913.

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