Knyvett - Saxon - Horneman Reunion
New Zealand March 2013
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Celebration to mark 160 years since the arrival in New Zealand


(The events followed the ones below quite well - so I have left them in for referance. JHKS)

 Saturday 2rd and Sunday 3rd March 2007

Tatuanui Hall, Waikato

 Presenters:   Anne Pouwels with Paul Arundel   


Saturday 2nd March Tatuanui Hall

When What
9:30 - 10:30am Registration. Morning Tea. Mix and Mingle.
10:30am Welcome. "Housekeeping".

Photographs. Please be ready to assemble in family groups.
Cutting of  Reunion Cake by oldest person in each of the 3 families


Launch by Barry Williamsand team of their book Knyvett Pioneers.
Over 200pgs, with a tree that has us grow leaves as late as the 7th century.
Followed briefly by some Knyvett music relevant today

12:30pm Lunch
1 - 4pm Facilities available to copy documents, photos, disks
You will need cash or chq., no credit card or Eftpos available.

Readings from a book by James Stack, a passenger on the same voyage on  “Slains Castle” as the Horneman Family in 1852.

2:30pm Introduction of Knyvett website by John Knyvett from Australia.

John Saxon from Australia discusses his revised dvd, plus family trees, websites. Pick his brains!

3:30pm Afternoon tea, then “time out” for those wanting to refresh, or tennis.
6:pm Dinner. BYO Drinks
7:30 - 9:30pm Please stay and enjoy some dancing and singing.
Share your talent with us for another enjoyable evening as specifically requested by several of you.
Don't forget the designated driver :-)

Sunday 3rd March Cemetery Tour

See Map and directions at

9:30am Assemble at Piako Cemetery, Seales Rd, Morrinsville. View
Richard Conron & Delia Mary Saxon grave & Headstone
Franklin & Frances Laura Webb's (nee Saxon) plots (no Headstone)
Katherine Mary Easther (nee Saxon) grave and headstone
Arthur Fredrick & Olive Maude Saxon grave and headstone
10:05am Proceed to Morrinsville Cemetery, Thames St. to view:
Henrietta Laura Saxon grave and headstone
10:30am Arrive back at Tatuanui Hall for Morning tea and Commemoration at 11:15am
12:15pm End of formal proceedings

Those wishing to view the graves of Mary B Whitehorn ( Area 7 row 6) in the Hamilton East Cemetery, Arthur & Lil Whitehorn (Area 10 row ?) and Edward Thomas and wife Myra can travel to Hamilton (30minutes) in the afternoon.
Those wishing to view the graves of Guy and Francie Saxon Row 76 in TeAroha
Cemetery Stanley Road south can travel to Te Aroha (15minutes)

Lunch can be purchased in Morrinsville on the way to Hamilton 

A visit to the Morrin Museum 41 Canada Street Morrinsville can be arranged for those not wishing to travel to Te Aroha or Hamilton. The museum entry is by donation and will include a 25 minute film about the history dairying in the Piako (local district.) Those wishing to visit the museum contact Mike Gribble at the end of the commemoration to get the time to meet and directions.

Wed 6th March and Thur 7th March in Nelson and Motueka

These events do not replace the events planned for 2nd & 3rd March!

This 2 day tour will be led by members of the 3 families. The majority of the time will be visiting burial sites, where houses were, where some-one got married etc.. For those of us who are already familiar with these landmarks it does help to better visualise aspects of their lives and surroundings which shaped our ancestors and their decision making.
When What
Tues 5th March Make your own way to Nelson and arrange your own overnight accomodation. Don't overlook this!
Wed 6th 9am
Meet in Nelson at pre-arranged point. After visiting sites in the City pertaining to all 3 families we will make our way by a roundabout route with numerous stops to Motueka arriving there mid to late afternoon.
At each place there will be a spoken explanation of its importance as well as time for photos.
Late Afternoon/Evening
Check into Motel which we will have block booked [refer below].
Possibly 1 hour visiting sites in Motueka or guided historic walk around the town to stretch the legs,
a local archivist/researcher we have had a lot of contact with in the past has asked to join us. Evening talk is an option.
Thur 7th
If the talk above doesn't happen but is wanted this could happen first thing.
then to Pioneer Park where all 3 families have ancestors buried.
Over Takaka Hill to visit all Saxon sites, possibly escorted by a member of staff from Golden Bay Museum.
[People who have other committments may wish to leave, visit Motueka Museum or head back to Nelson for further research. We can supply contacts.]
Thur 7th Mid-Afternoon
Back to Motueka to mop up any points of importance not already covered.
TRANSPORT - Some people have already indicated they will have their own transport organised, please tick the appropriate box on the registration form if you would like to share a mini van and expenses for the 2days. Please arrange own travel insurance.
ACCOMMODATION - We book, you pay at a good middle of the road Motel we have stayed in several times before.
Enter details on sign-up form, no. of people; no. of nights; requirements
e.g.Studio,queen bed [$148/night]; 2bedrooms,sleep 4 [$210/night]
You should be very specific about how many nights you want us to book accommodation for you in Motueka.
MEALS - Own breakfast, lunch on road, consider shared meal in evening.
What was going to be a few foolscap pages to help you get around the 2 days in the South island has developed into a booklet as comprehensive as anything we have ever offered thanks to Alison Sleath setting the benchmark high with her contribution for the Hornemans, Barry Williams complementing it from his knowledge of the Knyvetts, while the Saxon effort is still in the melting pot but will make the deadline. Have you got anything to contribute? Please don’t put off getting it to us.
WEATHER -Please come prepared - when it rains it really rains, not able to cancel, maybe re-arrange at best. Check InBox for messages with progressively more details for your interest.
Is there anything you would like considered?


John Saxon 25 Jan 2013