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.
Activities to Protect and Promote Local History
Spring-Autumn Programme of activities for members and the public
Publications including twice-yearly magazine, the Queenstown Courier
Six-weekly blog on www.queenstown.com education section
Monitoring of resource consents and making submissions on proposals affecting historical sites
Collaboration with organisations promoting local history
Current Projects, 2016-7
* Collaboration with Danny Knudson and the Lakes District Museum to publish Skippers - triumph and tragedy written by Danny
* Public presentation of ‘People From Our Past’ as part of the Wakatipu Heritage Trust’s opening of the restored Arrowtown Gaol
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: email@example.com