Before the Hawkes Bay railway opened through the district in 1880, the mostly Scandinavian village of Norsewood (est. 1872) was the district’s main town. Soon, though, and for many decades thereafter, Ormondville predominated.
The primary cause for this transition was the railway station, as the station served as the window to the world for an area stretching between the Ruahine Ranges and the east coast.
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