Archivists Report 2017

New Zealand Axemen’s Association
Archivist Report 2016-2017

During the last season I have had a few people contact me regarding finding information on the sport.

One was about a family’s Grandfather who wanted to sort out information, prior to his death, on records that he had talked about holding so that they could mention this at his funeral. Although I wasn’t able to supply them with the information, I was able to suggest how to cover and recall his stories on the day which turned out to be required sooner than they had originally thought.

Another was regarding an old fob watch which was a trophy prize passed out in and around the early 1920-30’s at chopping carnivals up north and how to mount it correctly for museum display.

Yet another was to trace information on the recipients of clubs’ events, particularly on a trophy over the last 15 odd years. More recently a Newspaper Reporter required information on what records Jock Bentley held. This was the easiest to find and I was able to explain how some of the records could not be broken due to some of the rules coming into effect in July 2002 which meant some records have been frozen. However the information on whom the recipient was for a particular chopping meeting has shown me how important it is for clubs and sub-associations to record and store information.

It is important that clubs and sub-associations record the winners of all events within their areas or meetings but not only store it themselves but pass on the information to the Axemen’s News for printing in the News or through to myself. It may not seem important what happened last year or the year before that, but as relatives want to research information on a loved one or even a distant relative or just a story on competitors within an area, then you must have a place to go and find it.

This last year I was very lucky to receive the handicap books of chopping meetings from the NANIA area where Mrs Daphne Ussher has handicapped events over the years. I have also received records that have been collected from the family of the late Cliff Hughes. These are all valuable documents that have been filed for future use. If you don’t record information, it is the families in future generations who will
suffer, so please remember to gather the information and pass it on.

A lot of the history of the sport that Eric Warner collected is now stored at the Alexander Turnball Library. The information is not online so unless you are in Wellington it is not able to be accessed easily. The Papers Past website is another great source of information. I am happy to continue as the NZ Archivist and hope to be able to help others with the limited information I have at hand.

Val Baker