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Scandinavian Festival 25-27 Feb 2011

January 18, 2011

It’s only a few weeks until the Scandinavian Festival in Norsewood and Dannevirke. Norsewood is located in the heart of what was once the dense and towering forest known as the 70 Mile Bush.  Norsewood was established in 1872, with the arrival of 372 Norwegians, 11 Swedes and 70 Danes in Napier. Most of these people became the pioneer settlers of Norsewood and Dannevirke, 22 kilometres further south.  The Scandinavian culture continues to be celebrated in Norsewood with events such as Norway Day.

You must register for most of the events in the Festival, however the Cultural Market Day on Sat 26th February is free to all.  For further information, see www.scandinavianfestival.org.nz or www.norsewood.co.nz.

Tararua District Library has historical resources – books, old photographs, family genealogy – pertaining to this period.  If you are coming to town for the festival, make time to visit the Dannevirke library (open Saturday 10am-1pm) or take a look at our online digital repository Tararua District Library Kete or our online catalogue Tararua District Library Catalogue (you can ask your local library to interloan items for you, from us). For example, “From Norway with love”;  “Johanna’s world”; “Norsewood New Zealand”.

The library also has the local newspaper on microfilm from 1905 onwards (variously named the Daily Press, Bush Advocate, Dannevirke Advocate, Dannevirke Evening News), which is a boon for genealogists, as is the book “Dannevirke, the early years” by Rob McDonald, $45,  available for sale at Dannevirke Library.

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