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Taranaki Stories

These stories capture the very essence of Taranaki – the people and the landscape.
They record the achievements of those who live here, the struggles of the first settlers, the determination to overcome challenges, those who have made their mark on not only their own, but also future generations.
But the stories are not just about hardship – they are also inspiring, thrilling, mystifying, enlightening and entertaining.
 
 

 

Taranaki Stories

Showing stories tagged as Climbing.

Fantham’s Peak – Fanny’s Tale

by Sorrel Hoskin on 14 December 2009

Fanny Fantham was a high spirited teenager with a zest for life. In March 1887 Fanny was in a large climbing group ascending Mount Taranaki. Climbing was hot and difficult for the women in the group as they had to wear full street dress, which included long dresses and corsets. But Fanny had shortened her dress and was wearing lace-up boots that made climbing easier. The nineteen-year-old...