THE SMUGGLER’S CAVE
story by Peter Stein, movie ex Roger Guthrie
Back in the early days of ww (2013) I did a post featuring a really cool black & white ‘home’ movie from the late 1920’s. Peter Stein’s father (also Peter) featured in the movie & its production & Peter jnr. has kindly written an article, below, on the movie, the people featured & the location.
The cameramen doing the filming were Alec and Alan Lambourne. The Lambourne’s house (now owned by the Brooks) is above the jetty in Arran Bay. They had the jetty built in the early 1920s.
The three girls were Joan Woollams, Cynthia Restall and Shirley Vicary. Joan was the dark haired girl who rowed the dinghy. The Woollams owned the house on the south side of our house (Arran House). An early scene shows them picnicking at Bulls Bay (Anita Bay) at the north-eastern end of Waiheke. The “Smuggler’s Cave” is in the main headland between Bulls Bay and Hooks Bay and is easy to find.
The smugglers were my father, Peter Stein who was a Master at Auckland Grammar School from 1918 to 1965. He was the one on the oar. The other smuggler was Arthur Nicholson also a Master at Auckland Grammar School who later became the first Headmaster of Tauranga Boys’ College.
Our boat the “Pelican” was their transport. She was named after Sir Francis Drake’s round the world ship which during the voyage had a name change to the “Golden Hind”. The Pelican was 14 feet long and was an ex ship’s lifeboat. She was clinker built. The motor was a 5hp single cylinder “Du Brie” which gave her a speed of between 4 and 5 knots. Ignition was the current from 4 large 1.5volt dry cell batteries passing through a coil. The motor was started by crank handle and had a dog clutch so there was no reverse.
The tender was the dinghy “Beagle” named after Charles Darwin ship “HMS Beagle”. She was 10 feet long and was heavily planked which made her ideal for boating activities around rocky coastlines.
The Coastguard vessel was the “Waitangi” which I described in my article about “Beautiful Waiheke” (posted on 2 September 2015). The skipper was my Uncle Tom Stein and his armed assistant was Dean Ellingham another holidayer from Arran Bay.
It must be remembered that this was the late 1920s and home movies were in their infancy. The cast were a group of people who only came together when they were holidaying at Arran Bay. My father told me that they all had a most enjoyable time putting it together which is evident from the film.
Special thanks to Roger Guthrie for forwarding this footage to waitematawoodys.