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Wed 18 Apr 2018, 10:00am–11:30am

Where: Neil Hunt Park, Tarawera Rd, Lynmore, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: alib2

So who was Mr Malfroy?

U3A’s April Forum hosts well-respected Rotorua historian Philip Andrews. His Power Point presentation entitled ‘The Remarkable Mr Malfroy’ will answer questions for those of us who know little more than that Malfroy is the name of a Rotorua road.

Phil’s address is based on his recent publication 'Gold and Geysers', a biography of gold miner and self-taught engineer Camille Malfroy, to whom the city owes so much but of whom its citizens know so little.

Mr Malfroy was appointed supervisor of the water supply to the new township of Rotorua following the June 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption. He was fascinated by our geysers and as part of his research he created three artificial geysers in the Government Gardens where today stands his statue alongside a fenced-off area marking where the geysers used to be.

A former secondary school Head of English and later Head of the Arts & Communication Department at Waiariki Polytechnic, Philip Andrews has spent over 35 years researching various aspects of Rotorua’s history, publishing a dozen books that include one on the origin of Rotorua street names, an account of the Tarawera eruption, two missionary biographies, and histories of Ngongotaha and Mokoia Island - and the Malfroy biography.

Visitors warmly welcome with gold coin entry. Doors open at 9:30 with refreshments.

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