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Ancient Order of Foresters

Collection | Ref # 93-56 | Held by Wairarapa Archive

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Ancient Order of Foresters


Ancient Order of Foresters

Level of description:



3 mtres

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The Ancient Order of Foresters is a Friendly Society, many of the aims and objects deriving directly from the Trades Guilds of the Middle Ages. They provided social centres for their members as well as medical benefits.

The Court Kopuaranga met in the Foresters Hall at Mauriceville West until 1977 when all assets and members were transferred to Court Pioneer.

These records include:

Minute Books 1888-1977

Correspondence 1888-1977

Financial records 1888-1975

Administration records 1888-1977

Memorabilia 1888-1963

The Court Makakahi met at Eketahuna.

These records include:

Minute Books 1917-1946

Registers 1951-1960

The Court Wairarapa records include:

Minute Books 1870-1950

Correspondence 1940-1941

Financial records 1886-1951

Administration records 1880-1931

Photograph 1869

Publication 1899

The Court Loyal Enterprise.

The final meeting was held at 'Spencer House' Bannister St Masterton 1972. All court members were transferred to Court Pioneer 1st Jan 1973.

These records include:

Minute Books 1942-1972

Correspondence 1956-1973

Administration records 1969-1972

Publications 1971-1972

The Court Pioneer Tinui.

These records are still held at Tinui Archive.


Dates covered:

1869 - 1977

Access conditions:

No restrictions.

Location of original:

Wairarapa Archive 93-56

Finding aids:

Inventory available

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Associated with:


Masterton · Tararua District · Wairarapa

People & organisations:



Court Kopuaranga · Court Makakahi · Court Wairarapa · Court Loyal Enterprise · Court Pioneer

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rades Guilds of the Middle Ages · Spencer House
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