Question 3

Here is question 3 for the history buffs.. Press play to listen

Answer:  The answers were taken from The White Ensign in New Zealand by J.O’C. Ross who stated that Lieutenant Snow with his assistant Able Seaman Duder, etc, etc. However, it would appear that the Admiral hadn’t got all the facts down. One Gilbert Adams was the first man employed to assist Lt Snow as the signalman – Duders came later after Adams had to give up the job due to poor eyesight. Duders held the job for several years.

I’ll accept either Gilbert Adams or Thomas Duder as the second answer.  Well Done Peter Smith for being first in.

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6 Responses to Question 3

  1. Frank Rands says:

    This answer is provided on behalf of Peter Smith
    The answer is Lieutenant Snow and his assistant was A/B Duder who was engaged as the first signalman on Mt Victoria.

  2. John Bullock says:

    I wonder if this Snow listed below was a distant relation to my Divisional Officer back in 1961 on Motuihe Island, a RN officer on exchange to the RNZN, or was it just a coincidence. His name was Lieutenant John Snow. The last time I saw him he was the Captain of HMS Galatea (Leander) alongside Calliope in the late 70’s.

    Lieutenant Robert Snow and a Able Seaman Thomas Duder??? ….
    The early history of the Naval Base owes much to Governor Hobson and the Australasian Squadron of the Royal Navy. The frequent arrival of officials from Australia and the United Kingdom during the formative years of the Colony necessitated many visits by Royal Navy vessels to the Waitemata Harbour. It became apparent that there was a need in New Zealand for some form of shore facility for these visiting ships, and since the centre of population at the time was in the north, Waitemata Harbour was chosen as a suitable site. The Auckland side of the harbour consisted of extensive mudflats and the naval vessels anchored off Flagstaff, which was the name by which Devonport was then known. Their landing place was known as Sandspit, which is in the area where the Devonport Ferry Wharf now stands, and it was there in 1841 that the beginnings of a Naval Base began to appear.
    In 1841 a magazine and small boatshed were erected for the use of visiting ships at Sandspit. Little development occurred in this area for some years, but later a boat slip and a small blacksmith’s shop were constructed on the site. The Waikato Wars caused greater interest to be shown in naval repair facilities, and in 1858 the Auckland Naval Volunteers were founded, having barracks built for them in 1862 near the landing place. These barracks contained accommodation, naval stores and workshops. In this year the Navy was granted use of the land near Sandspit which was then called the Naval Reserve. Between the Waikato Wars and the 1880s very little progress was made, and it was not until the Russian scare in the 80s that any further expansion took place. During the Russian scare a battery of 64 pdrs was set up on North Head, and a separate unit of the Naval Volunteers manned the batteries. In 1884 four Thornycroft torpedo boats were built for the Volunteer Divisions and a special shed was built at Sandspit, to house the Auckland boat.

  3. Trev Appleton says:


    Lieutenant Robert Snow
    Able Seaman Thomas Duder

  4. Jap Wano says:

    Lieutenant Robert Snow & Able Seaman Thomas Duder

  5. Albie Cross says:

    my answer is Lt. Robert SNOW but I do not know who his assistant was. Snow, along with his wife and two children were later murdered and the assailant was later executed on the site of their burned out dwelling.

  6. Albie Cross says:

    as to the question of his assistant , I am tossing up between Gilbert ADAMS and Thomas DUDER.

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