For the 30 years Brett and Vlasta Marvelly owned Princes Gate Hotel they were the undisputed crowned heads of this city's accommodation sector.

Now 120 years old, the local landmark began life as the Waihi goldfield's New Central Hotel before its removal plank by plank, nail by nail, to Rotorua in 1917.

With that slice of history in the bag it's high time the Marvelly chapter's added to the archive, Our People's here to oblige, but where to start?

First up we take a peek into the lives of the couple whose name is so familiar but whose background is

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BRETT MARVELLY

VLASTA MARVELLY (NEE BARTUNEK AND ROGERS)