James Gerrish: Te Aroha’s first bellman
Hart, P. (2016). James Gerrish: Te Aroha’s first bellman. (Te Aroha Mining District Working papers, No. 139). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Historical Research Unit.
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James Gerrish moved to Thames when the goldfield opened and then settled in Te Aroha during its gold rush. Like so many others, he took up a variety of occupations, none very profitable, for he left his widow and family in poverty. His most notable occupation, and the one for which he was famous, was as the local bellman. Blessed with a loud voice, he cried out the news of the day, along with advertisements for goods and services and public meetings. He was also noted for some disreputable behaviour, notably excessive drinking. Undoubtedly a ‘character’, he was recalled fondly long after his death.
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© 2016 Philip Hart