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 a twice-yearly magazine, The Courier
Submissions on proposals affecting historical sites
Collaboration with organisations promoting local history
Current Projects, 2014-2015
* Promoting the ‘Queenstown and District History’ 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.’
* Writing and editing two issues of the Queenstown Courier magazine each year.
* Preparing for publication a book on Macetown’s history, in collaboration with the Lakes District Museum.
* Collaborating with Danny Knudson and the Lakes District Museum to publish a book on Skippers written by Danny.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org