Barclay displayed his collection of
at this, our latest, meeting. Instead of just showing
the various stamps issued by the country, Bob decided to take us all on a
tour of the North and
stamps to illustrate, the sites, attractions, industries and nature of the
at the tip of North Island where the Maoris and later the European explorers
Abel Tasman and James Cook first landed, the tour took in Auckland, Northland
with it's history of first flights to Australia, Waitangi where the 1840 treaty
set the foundation of modern New Zealand, Waikato, Wanganui, Hamilton and
Palmerston where the legendary All Blacks rugby team have their museum. The tour
of North Island ended on the Cook Strait in the city of
the second half Bob crossed the Cook Strait to the picturesque town of
on Marlborough Sound.
has a long history of first flights and the development of air routes during
the earliest days of flying. Bob showed covers and cards issued for these
flights. The terrain of
is so rough and some areas so remote that even with rickety aircraft of the
time flying was an attractive method of transport. The journey continued through
province to the city of
, Mt Cook the highest point in the country and
founded by Scots emigrants in the 19th century. On show were cards and covers
for the 1925 Dunedin Exhibition. The
tour ended with Otago province and Fiordland with its key features
, Milford Sound and the Milford Track, terrain made famous as "Middle
Earth" in the Lord of the Rings films.
MacPherson, a recent visitor to New Zealand, proposed the Vote of Thanks.
to David Haig
for writing this report.