Queenstown and District Historical
Society Incorporated
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The Queenstown and District Historical Society was formed in  May 1965 at a time when significant buildings from the gold rush era of the 1800s were in danger of demolition as the tourist town grew.  The first campaign saved the former Library built in 1877 in the centre of the town.  Since then the Society has flourished and been influential in the preservation of buildings, sites and historical knowledge throughout the district which extends from Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston in the south, north up the Shotover River to Skippers, and east to Arrowtown, Gibbston and the Kawarau Gorge.
 Spring-Autumn Programme of activities for members
 Publications including twice-yearly magazine, The Queenstown Courier
           Submissions on proposals affecting historical sites
           Collaboration with organisations promoting local history
   Current Projects, 2014-2015
* Promotion of the Queenstown and District Heritage app of 64 heritage    sites in the Wakatipu.
*  We have just commemorated the 50th anniversary of the formation of    the Society with the publication of a book of the Society’s own history    and a function at Walter Peak Station.
* We contributed to the Arrowtown Autumn Festival by presenting ‘People    From Our Past.’
* Publication of two issues of the Queenstown Courier  magazine each year.  
* Collaboration with Danny Knudson and the Lakes District Museum to    publish Skippers - triumph and tragedy by Danny.
                     Membership Subscriptions
 Individual or Family:   $25 per calendar year
 Corporate:                   $50 per calendar year
 Life membership:         $250
 To join: Click  here  for form.
 Email contact: The Secretary:    jsrob@xtra.co.nz
Our History
Former Queenstown
Library built in 1877
2015 Calendar

 Cemetery Tour at Arrowtown

Bryants’ bus

Queenstown’s first motor fire engine at the Transport & Toy Museum, Wanaka

Smartphone App of 64 Heritage Sites in the Wakatipu

  Now available for Android phones and tablets

with FREE information and optional pay-for articles

As soon as it’s available for i-phones, we’ll update this notice.

     The app name is Qurio. The link is: http://qur.io/android_app

   We are grateful for a grant of $20,000 from the Community Trust of    Southland, and major sponsorship from the Lakes District Museum in    the form of many photographs.

    We seek sponsorship for individual sites and thematic collections.      To find out about sponsorship, contact marionborrell@hotmail.com

Announcing our 2016 Calendar, ‘THEN and NOW’

We have a fresh collection of images and historical information spanning 1872-1964, including some of activities such as the Arrowtown Dramatic Society in the 1890s paired with today’s Remarkable Theatre Company.

Proceeds will be used for heritage projects.

A calendar makes a year-long present.

Price: $18 whether from members or other distributors.

Available from:

Arrowtown: Museum, Library, Post Office, Dudleys Cottage.

Queenstown: Wilkinsons Pharmacy, Library.

Frankton: Hamills Restaurant, Boatshed cafe.

Remarkables Park Saturday Market from late October.


Mail Orders: $20 (including postage)

Post cheque and delivery details to 3 Jenkins Place, Arrowtown, 9302;

or direct-credit our bank account 12-3405-0021065-01 with ‘calendar’ and your name as the reference, and email your instructions to: hecklerdenise@hotmail.com or phone her: 03 4420204.