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Wellington Independent 17 January 1867
THE Rev J. E. HERRING will (D. V.) open a MORNING SCHOOL, at the Church School-house, on MONDAY, January 21st.
Boys under 12 years of age – 2 pounds 10s per quarter
Boys above 12 years of age – 3 pounds per quarter
Jan. 9, 1867

Wellington Independent 3 October 1867
Conducted by Walter H. Mantell, of the College of Preceptors, London.
THE above establishment will be opened after the coming midsummer vacation.
Prospectuses and copies of testimonals can be obtained on application to the Principal or to Mr Charles Russell, Lambton quay, Wellington.
October 2, 1867

Wellington Independent 26 March 1868
Clevedon House, Taita, near Wellington,
Conducted by
Walter W. Mantell, C.R.L.
The Lord Bishop of Wellington
The Rev. Thos. Abraham, Upper Hutt
William Beetham, Esq, Taita
A. F. Halcombe, Esq, Rangitikei
Thomas Mason, Esq, Taita
Dr Wilford, Lower Hutt

Full boarders 50 guineas per an.
Do, under 11 years 40 guineas per an.
Weekly boarders 40 guineas per an.
Do, under 11 years 30 guineas per an.

The next Quarter commences March 26th.
March 25, 1868

Wellington Independent 26 September 1868
Clevedon House, Taita, near Wellington,

Full Boarders 50 guineas per an.
Do, under eleven years 40 guineas per an.
Weekly Boarders 40 guineas per an.
Do, under eleven years 30 guineas per an.

The next quarter commences September 30th.

Prospectuses, &c., can be obtained on application to the Principal.
September 25, 1868

Wellington Idendepent 24 November 1868
Hutt Volunteer Cadet Corps.— On Saturday evening last a meeting was held at the St. James” school room, Lower Hutt, for the purpose of forming a Volunteer Rifle Cadet Corps under the command of A. Braithwaite, Esq. At a previous meeting preliminaries had been arranged, and on the above evening some fifty or sixty boys assembled, together with several gentlemen interested in the formation of the Corps. Fifty-six members were enrolled. W. W. Mantell Esq. principal of the Clevedon House School, was appointed lieutenant, and Master Edward Allen, ensign. We gladly hail this as a step in the right direction, for the present emergency certainly teaches us that our boys must be trained to arms if the colony is to be protected in the future from the perpetration of atrocities like those of the last few months and we would humbly suggest to the ladies of the Hutt and Taita that they could show their interest in the movement by presenting the new formed corps with colors.

Wellington Independent 2 November 1869
It will no doubt be of interest to compare some facts in Dr. Hector”s abstract of the state of the weather, published in our last issue, with corresponding ones for the Hutt valley. The observations for the latter place were made at the Hutt Grammar School, Taita, by Mr Mantell, who has been kindly supplied with instruments by Dr. Hector for the purpose.
The barometric average for the month of Oct. ranges somewhat higher than that stated for Wellington, being 29.6 as compared with 29.8; but a considerable difference has obtained in the rainfall, for while that for the month, in Wellington, amounted to 10 inches, Mr Mantell”s note book shows no less than 15.96 inches for the same period. From the llth to the 18th the same severe storm from N.W. to S.E. prevailed, with precisely the same amount of rain – 5 inches. By far the heaviest fall at the Hutt took place during the 24 hours from 9.30 a.m. on the 29th, to the same time on the 30th, the rain guage registering the enormous quantity of five inches, four inches having fallen by two o”clock on the morning of the 30th.
One can therefore be little surprised that, although the Hutt river had gone down very considerably since the flood of Sunday and Monday, the 24th and 25th, it rose rapidly on Friday and Saturday, till it rushed through the Lower Hutt with a rapidity that could only be appreciated when seen, submerging the land around to a considerable depth, and threatening every moment to sweep away the bridge in its furious course. Immense logs were frequently dashed against the piles, so that men were constantly employed in disentangling them, and causing them to float away to the bay. The flood reached its greatest height here about noon of Saturday, and by the evening of that day so much earth had been washed away from the foot of the bridge (near Mr Valentine”s Hotel) that fears were entertained of its becoming impassable, which fears, however, have happily not been realised. Large pieces of land, previously contiguous to the river, have disappeared; crops destroyed, and in some cases even the very soil containing them washed away from the subsoil.
At the Upper Hutt the Silver stream became a torrent, and a bridge over the stream near the site of the old Barley Mow Inn being also carried away by the resistless force of the current. Mr Smith”s house was completely surrounded by water. The Wairarapa coach had stopped there to change horses, and to permit the passengers to take refreshments, but so rapid was the rise of the water, that by the time Mr Heik, the driver, was ready to start the bridge was gone, and the travellers, after being detained for twenty-four hours, could not resume their journey without the aid of a canoe, leaving the coach and mails behind. Their imprisonment however was made tolerable by the by the kindness of Mr and Mrs Smith.
The road in this part of the valley has been in many places destroyed, and at the Gorges a slip, said to be over fifty yards in length, has completely blocked up the main road, which compels persons to go round the hill, and so by the track come on to the road near Mr Cotter”s farm.
At the Taifa no more damage has been done to the road than was mentioned in our issue of Thursday last, except that the work of repairing has been entirely put a stop to.
It is impossible to give anything like an adequate account of the destruction to private property which has been occasioned by the floods for it would entail the mentioning of the case of every person, for all are, more or less, sufferers.

Wellington Independent 2 February 1871
WALTER W. MANTELL, ESQ.- Many of our friends to whom this gentleman was favorably known as Master of the Clevedon House School, Taita, and as an energetic promoter of many a plan for ther (sic) social improvement of that neighborhood, will be glad to hear that he has successfully established himself as a schoolmaster in Melbourne. The Rev. J. Barlow, of St. John”s Church, Melbourne, in a very gratifying and eulogistic letter, writes that he considers Mr Mantell the best teacher that he has met with in the Victorian colony.

Wellington Independent 22 September 1870
Conducted by R. Johnston.
NEXT QUARTER commences 3rd October.
Prospectus forwarded on application.
21st September

Wellington Independent 23 January 1872
Taita Grammar School
Conducted by
School will re-open on 22nd January.
Prospectuses forwarded on application

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