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1st Annual Rotorua Carnival 1903

Visitors from Auckland and all the surrounding districts were in Rotorua for the commencement of the 1st Annual Rotorua Carnival... Read about the opening of the carnival, how many attended the event and the parades which included a canoes. The highlight of the carnival were the Maori events which included a war canoe race.

Source: "Papers Past" Auckland Star, 24 February 1903 pg 5

Don Stafford recorded the following letter from the Rotorua Carnival Committee of 1907,

The Parade entrants in this order :

The Marshall on horseback 

Mounted Police

The Darktown Band

Sir J.G. Ellis (The Official)

Maori best dressed teams

- in between each team a mounted maori on a painted horse

Mud Card & Mud Man

Rotorua Volunteer Fire Brigade

Decorated Vehicles

Ambulance Cart, Horse and Barrels

Salvage Corp. 2 men and cart.

Poster and Advertising costumes

Poi Dancers 

Rotorua Brass Band

School Cadets

Vehicle with Miss Lundon's Maypole Dancers

The Bullock

Maori War Party led by a painted horse

The Oddfellows

Children in gala costume

Decorated Prams

Decorated Bicycles 

Motor Cars

Corbett's Exhibition on a cart

Clowns and Funny Men scattered right through.

The Committee consisted of the following : D. Gardner, Lawrence Birks, F.A. Bennett, R.B.T. Miller, W.E. Bennett, Charles Clarke, C.W. Grove, Thornton Walker, J.W. McLean and A.F. Ellis.

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Rotorua Carnival


Memorial Drive, Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -38.1307647,176.2528529

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Date of Event:24 February 1903