Conrad Heinold loved Whanganui and the town loved his pork butchery. So what changed on May 15, 1915 to have him seeking refuge under the Town Bridge and out of business?
At the turn of the century, JJ Boyd ran a zoo in the riverside community of Aramoho – reportedly the only provincial zoo in the world. We found a family of three generations who live on the former site and see where the animals used to be kept.
Charles Mackay was the influential Mayor of the Wanganui Borough for 13 years until he shot returned serviceman Darcy Cresswell for threatening to expose a secret and was expunged from local history for almost 50 years.
Chow Yat died on the roadside near the market garden he managed on the outskirts of Whanganui having been shot four times in the head. Do we know now what the Police didn’t in 1922?
Neil Roberts was 21 when he was killed by the explosives he set off outside the Wanganui Computer Building as a protest against what he saw as increasing state surveillance in the early 1980s.