the honeyfields of taranaki
26 March – 28 June 2015
Lane Gallery, Level 2, Puke Ariki Library
Arriving in Taranaki in the 1850s the
Honeyfield family carved out new lives for themselves. There were
business successes as well as failures, tragedy and joy, but above all there
was perseverance and a desire to succeed. Many of the family were public
spirited, serving on a number of committees and boards. Many financially
contributed to community projects - something subsequent generations of
Honeyfields continue to do.
The Honeyfields of Taranaki can trace their
origin to the decision of five of the 11 children of John and Hannah (nee
Morgan) to emigrate to New Zealand from Gillingham in north Dorset. A
nephew and niece were to follow.
Two Honeyfield brothers went onto marry two
Barrett sisters, daughters of trader Dicky Barrett and his wife Rawinia, the
granddaughter of paramount Te Ātiawa chief, Tautara, and thereby linking their
children to Te Ātiawa.
The Honeyfields of Taranaki is a snapshot
of the first Honeyfield settlers and their families.
Please note The Honeyfields of Taranaki is closed on public holidays.