Iorns, Bennett, 1883-1977

Local historian. Born Masterton, son of Joseph Iorns, a stock auctioneer, and great-grandson of Joseph Masters. Brought up in the Wairarapa, at Carterton, Pahiatua and Masterton. Worked in the family business at Carterton; then trained and worked in the Wairarapa as a carpenter. Also did some farm work. In 1906, following the demand for carpenters to rebuild San Francisco after the earthquake, went to the USA where he travelled widely, later visiting UK, returning via South Africa and Australia. During World War I was a private in the 1st Auckland Infantry Regiment NZEF. After the war, studied architecture in UK, before returning to Masterton. Concerned with environmental issues; was involved in unsuccessful attempts to have the Tararua Ranges made a National park as Secretary of the Tararua National Park Project Committee 1952-1970. Also involved in tramping and Search and Rescue. His interest in local history led him to be one of Masterton's authorities. Secretary of the Masterton Historical Society 1956. On the Wairarapa Regional Committee of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust 1959-1973. Contributed historical articles to the `Wairarapa-Times-Age',and to the regional history -`Masterton's first hundred years', by A G Bagnall [pub 1954].

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By: Iorns, Bennett, 1883-1977 Ref: PAColl-0545 Description: Source of title - Title supplied by Library Arrangement: Negative housed at 1/2-086064 to 086112, 089091 to 089115 and 100429 to 100463 Quantity: 5 album(s...
Date: 1932-1960 By: Iorns, Bennett, 1883-1977; Iorns, Joseph, 1851-1938 Ref: Micro-MS-0223 Description: There are pages on this film not in the originals held by the Alexander Turnbull Library (Acc 78-144). One or two pages at the end of the scrapbook that are ...
Date: ca1907 By: Iorns, Bennett, 1883-1977 Ref: PAColl-1785 Description: Quantity: 6 b&w original photographic print(s) in one envelope.
Date: n d From: Wilson, Geoffry Burns, 1904-1977 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-1003-43 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: n d From: Wilson, Geoffry Burns, 1904-1977 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-1003-44 Description: Folder contains lists and notes of book references and miscellaneous papers. Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: 1875-1977 By: Iorns, Bennett, 1883-1977 Ref: MS-Papers-2510 Description: The bulk of the papers cover the years 1950-1970 when Iorns was involved in researching and writing for talks and articles on local history. Collection inclu...