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Otautau and districts news from 1905 to 1932
is now available to new audiences thanks to the
recent online launch of the Otautau Standard
and Wallace County Chronicle.
Papers Past is a National Library of New
Zealand project that now boasts more than a
million pages of digitised New Zealand
newspapers and periodicals covering the years
1839 to 1932. It includes 52 publications from
all over New Zealand.
Last month 1457 issues of the Otautau
Standard and Wallace County Chronicle from
May 3, 1905 to December 27, 1932 were
added to the online collection.
Other southern newspapers that can be read on
the Past Papers website are the Mataura Ensign
from 1883 to 1900 and The Southland Times
Chief executive and national librarian of the Na-
tional Library of New Zealand, Penny Carnaby,
said Papers Past was one of many ways the
National Library was broadening its reach to en-
able New Zealanders to connect with informa-
tion important to all aspects of their lives.
Since its re-release in September 2007, Papers
Past has been visited 2.8 million times by more
than 450,000 visitors, generating 35,000,000
million page views.
Past Papers can be found at:
Dip into the past
The very first issue of the Otautau Standard and
Wallace Country Chronicle published on May 3,
1905. Most of the issues published before 1932
are now available to view online,
A New Zealand pastor
whose faith overcame a
crippling and life threat-
ening stomach complaint
will speak in Te Anau next
month, offering healing
ministry at the Pres-
byterian and New Life
Craig Marsh lives in Auck-
land with his wife Jenni.
An instructor in the New
Zealand Armed Forces,
he felt the call of God in the late 1970s,
becoming a senior prison officer where he
pioneered and established a nation-wide
outreach ministry to prisoners initially
through FGBMFI – later to become Prison
Fellowship in New Zealand.
After many years in the Prison Service
Craig left to work for the Bible Society as a
regional director, teaching and preaching
across the denominational spectrum. His
vocational career saw him in roles as a
pastor and a director of the Christian radio
network UCB and the marketing manager
for their three networks. For many years he
has also been an advisor to the Justice De-
partment on chaplaincy and as a member
of the Chaplaincy Advisory Board.
He now ministers fulltime as an itinerant
evangelist living by faith.
After undergoing surgery in
1989 and 1991 for a seri-
ous stomach complaint,
Mr Marsh underwent ma-
jor surgery again in 1994
that resulted in almost
his entire stomach being
removed.Living in constant
pain, Mr Marsh’s life ex-
pectancy was not long as
he continued to suffer and
But on May 4, 1999, whilst
attending a Methodist Ministers confer-
ence in Florida, USA he says he was mi-
raculously healed. Since then he has been
able to eat large quantities of all food, has
no pain, has put weight on and no longer
takes 39 pills a day as previously. Without
a proper digestive system, everything is
functioning now as if there were.
Mr Marsh is now widely regarded as a
healer. He travels widely, ministering in
healing, evangelism and encouragement
and often has a ministry team with him.
Mr Marsh will speak at Te Anau’s Lake-
side Presybterian Church at 7.30pm on
Saturday August 8 and 10am on Sunday
August 9 and at Fiordland New Life Church
at 6pm on Sunday August 9.
For further information call Rev Karl Lamb
on (03) 249-7174.
Healer comes to town
Pastor Craig Marsh and his wife Jenni.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Otautau Standard was a weekly
newspaper started by Frank Hyde in
1905. Hyde was the owner of another
paper in the area, the Winton Record.
Hyde sold the Standard to John Fisher
the next year. The Fisher family remained
in charge until publication ceased
in 1946. They gave the high cost of
labour and plant as the main reasons
for closing. The Standard had a rival in
Otautau for most its life. The Otautau
Farmer was started by the publishers of
the Western Star in Riverton, and ceased
in 1939. Source: National Library of NZ
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