150th anniversary celebrations of "The Day They Called it Marton".
Saturday 5th October 2010 was almost exactly 250 years since Captain James Cook first sighted New Zealand, and 150 years since a group of townspeople in what was then Tutaenui, got together to choose a new name for their town.
They decided to call it Marton after the birthplace of the Captain in Marton-in-Cleveland, Middlesbrough, England. He sighted New Zealand on 6 October 1769, and landed at Poverty Bay two days later.
We organised a celebration of this event in the Marton Memorial Hall and invited art & craft people and groups with historical leanings to set up displays, demonstrations and/or otherwise participate.
The day turned out very successful and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
We wish to thank everyone who contributed to this success and to everyone who gave generous donations to help with the cost of running the event.
We extend our special thanks to the Rangitikei District Council Event Sponsorship Scheme for their generous contribution.
We encourage anyone interested to come along to our AGM on Tuesday 21st July at 6:00pm at the Marton Public Library to find out more and/or to join our Society. The AGM this year is in the early evening to enable younger people to come after work.
For more information, please click on "Autumn 2020" on our News Letters page
2020 Annual General Meeting
We are very keen to elect a new President, and an expanded Management Committee at this year's AGM.
We also have positions available for Researchers, Museum Guides, especially for open days, and helpers with general maintenance.
For this reason we extend a special invitation to everyone, whether existing Members or not, to our AGM this year.