Kaikorai Brass Band, 1907

Kaikorai Brass Band, winners of the North and South Island championship shields at the International Exhibition in Christchurch. From the Otago Daily Times of 29 September 2007

Kaikorai Brass Band, winners of the North and South Island championship shields
at the International Exhibition in Christchurch. From the Otago Daily Times of 29 September 2007

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Boxing – 1928

Fred Moir retired to Wanaka and I recall, while I was living in Cromwell, getting a call to his house to carry out television repairs – not initially realising that it was the gentleman who had been involved with the Kaikorai and Maori Hill boxing classes.

Some of Gilchrist & Moir's Boxing Class 1928 Back Row: N.J.Pledger   J.A.Pledger   T.L.Chettleburgh   L.Kitto  Second Back Row: M.Angelo   D.Reid   E.Bartlett   S.Wadsworth   F.Hellar E.Megget   R.Scott   A.Hellar   Mr.J.Gilchrist (Instructor)   Mr.F.Moir (Instructor)   G.Hart   L.Brown   J.Thomson In Front: B.Dolamore   E.Wilson   J.Campbell   W.Simpson

Some of Gilchrist & Moir’s Boxing Class 1928
Back Row: N.J.Pledger J.A.Pledger T.L.Chettleburgh L.Kitto
Second Back Row: M.Angelo D.Reid E.Bartlett S.Wadsworth F.Hellar
E.Megget R.Scott A.Hellar Mr.J.Gilchrist (Instructor) Mr.F.Moir (Instructor) G.Hart L.Brown J.Thomson
In Front: B.Dolamore E.Wilson J.Campbell W.Simpson

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Boxing – 1927

One of the things I recall from my younger years is the boxing school that my father ran together with Fred Moir. The years I remember would probably have been my early teens I guess when my father had a gymnasium of sorts in the Kaikorai Presbyterian Sunday School Hall. I imagine his line of work at the Hillside Railway Workshops was an ideal grounding for some of the apparatus that was crafted such as rings, bars, and the floor fittings to hook things into without ruining the wooden floor.

Some of Gilchrist & Moir's Boxing Class 1927 Back Row: H.Ryan   H.Brugh   J.Kedzlie   O.Scott Middle Row: D.J.Gilchrist (Instructor)   G.Hart   Mr. J. Langdon   J.Watt   F. Moir (Instructor) In Front: L.Brown   H.Watkins

Some of Gilchrist & Moir’s Boxing Class 1927
Back Row: H.Ryan H.Brugh J.Kedzlie O.Scott
Middle Row: D.J.Gilchrist (Instructor) G.Hart Mr. J. Langdon J.Watt F. Moir (Instructor)
In Front: L.Brown H.Watkins

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Kaikorai Amateur Radio Operators

One of the hobbies I became involved with from 1977 was amateur radio, often referred to as ham radio. While living in Kaikorai I was only aware of three radio amateurs in my school years, these were Bill Self, Joe Anderson and Eric Dow. As it transpired, I gained my own license and callsign, ZL4PZ, in December 1977. My wife Jeanne also became a licensed radio operator in 1981 and has the callsign ZL4JG.
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The Roslyn School of Music

Music Teacher – Tui Hutton
Recollections by John Park

Many of the children who grew up in the Kaikorai area would have learned to play the piano at the Roslyn School of Music. The tutor was Tui Hutton, who lived with her mother in a brick house on the south eastern corner of Ann Street and Hereford Street. Her studio was in a bay villa house next door in Ann Street. Continue reading

What we did – activities and pastimes

I should point out that most of the aspects of “What we did” are from my own personal experience or knowledge. I make no excuses for items not covered. Alan Gilchrist. Continue reading