Tea & Talk: Early Life in Leigh 1860 – 1920

On Monday 15th October 2018, Carolyn Cooper spoke to us about early life in Leigh.  Carolyn’s talk covered Leigh’s early settlement, the timber industry, crops and farming, the Leigh Hall, the Leigh Hotel, the church and the Leigh Christmas Tree among other things! On display were some costumes from our textile collection worn on the journey from Cape Breton Island to NZ in 1859.

Things Carolyn learned in her preparation:

  • Honey was exported directly from Leigh.
  • Kauris were loaded and exported to Australia
  • Apricots were grown in Leigh
  • Leigh supplied much fruit and vegetables for the Auckland Markets
  • The area had Christmas floods
  • Buildings went up more quickly without resource consent.