Streptocarpus History in NZ

This page is for any interesting snippets of the history of Streptocarpus in New Zealand (NZ).
I would also be interested if anyone could help provide info for this page. When did they first arrive here, for example?  What did they look like back then?  Does anyone have photos of Streptocarpus down the decades?  If anyone can help, please email me at

For earlier, non-NZ history of the rise of Streptocarpus hybrids, the Streptocarpus section in the book entitled "Hortus Veitchii" is very interesting.

I've selected below some historical references to Streptocarpus in NZ.  The National Library has captured some of these in the form of scanned newspaper adverts and articles, which you can see by clicking on the links.