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2 and 4 May: ‘People From Our Past’
   At the Arrowtown Presbyterian Hall, as part of the Arrowtown Autumn     Festival: 6 historical figures from around the district were presented.


Activities for Members

Spring 2017 - Autumn 2018

10 September: ‘Southern Adventures’ film compilation, courtesy of Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Frankton.

60 people including many members of the public attended this showing of film footage from 1910 to 1994 with many local items.

15 October, 2pm at Arrowtown Gaol

Restoring of the Arrowtown Gaol - Behind the Facade of the Project - talks and explanations by David Clarke of the Wakatipu Heritage Trust and Roy Bagley the contractor.

19 November, 2pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Frankton

AGM and launch of Queenstown Courier Issue 98, with talks by members and contributors.

February or March: Trip to be arranged

April: ‘People From Our Past’ presentation

May: Launch of Queenstown Courier 99 and to be arranged

Activities for Members

Spring 2016 - Autumn 2017

11 September:

What On Earth Is This Gadget? Arrowtown Presbyterian Church Hall

40 people and 29 old-fashioned gadgets attended.

We puzzled and guessed before finding out the uses of most gadgets.

Click HERE to download photos of the gadgets.

15 October:

Trip to Glenorchy 50 members enjoyed our very informative tours of the cemetery with Vince Jones and the Paulin cottage with Chris Grant, and Pat Paulin’s account of his family and memories of growing up in Glenorchy.


20 November:

Objects with Great Stories, AGM and launch of Courier Issue 96.

St Margaret’s Church Hall, Frankton

Seven varied and intriguing objects and 50 members attended.

12 February:

Visit to Bannockburn Community Church and Coronation Hall

The hall (1911) has been saved from demolition and seismically strengthened. The adjacent former Presbyterian Church (1909)  also belongs to the community. Local experts provided information about the two buildings and others nearby. 25 people visited these interesting community buildings.

12 March: Exploration of the Spijkerboschs’ dungeon of collectibles in Queenstown. 20 people enjoyed inspecting the eclectic articles, many collected locally. Click here for a small sample of the items.

7 May: People From Our Past - Law and Justice

130 people attended this public event at the Presbyterian Hall in Arrowtown following the reopening of the Arrowtown Gaol after its restoration by the  Wakatipu Heritage Trust. Photo by Jo Boyd.

21 May: Members Sharing Memories and launch of Courier Issue 97

At St Margaret’s Church, Frankton, 45 members relished the tales of childhoods at the Head of the Lake and around Arrowtown.

Spring 2015 - Autumn 2016

23 August

Launch of the 2016 Calendar, St Margaret’s Hall, Frankton

Over 50 people attended the talks given by people associated with the photos. The talks are being published in the next two Courier magazines.

18 October

Commemoration of Edith Cavell’s Execution in 1915, Cavell’s Restaurant, Arthurs Point

A dramatic presentation of her life, written by Danny Knudson and presented by senior drama students from Wakatipu High School directed by Victoria Boult. Over 50 people attended this moving event.

15 November: AGM at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Frankton,

Guest speaker, local archaeologist Ben Teele about the recent dig beside Eichardt’s Hotel, revealing much about the history of the hotel site and conditions in the early days.

10 April

‘People From Our Past’, Arrowtown Presbyterian Hall

Six historical figures from around the district told their stories to an appreciative audience of over 100 people at this public meeting.  The restored headstone of Charles Eckhardt was installed at the cemetery.

16 April at the Lakes District Museum

Launch of Skippers - Triumph and Tragedy by Danny Knudson

The publication of this authoritative history of the Upper Shotover is jointly funded by Danny, the Historical Society and the Museum, and brings to the public Danny’s many years of research and writing.

22 May at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Frankton at 2pm

Members Sharing Memories - talks by members, and launch of The Queenstown Courier Issue 95 featuring the lives of some early surveyors.

Spring 2014 - Autumn 2015

24 August

Launch of the 2015 Calendar, 2-4pm, Arrowtown Presbyterian Hall

The talks have been published in the next two Courier magazines.

16 November

AGM at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Frankton,

Guest speaker, Dame Elizabeth Hanan, talked about Lorenzo Resta, who built her house in McDonnell Road, Arrowtown.

26 November

Launch of the smartphone app at the Queenstown Memorial Centre

By the Mayor, Vanessa van Uden, with sponsors, invited guests and members.

14 December: Picnic at the Hanans’ house, noon-4pm

1 March: Arrowtown’s Heritage Treasure-houses

Visit to the Lakes District Museum with guided tour by the Director, David Clarke, and to Arrow Kilwinning Lodge with talk by Taylor Reed.

18 and 19 April: ‘People From Our Past’

At the Arrowtown Presbyterian Hall, as part of the Arrowtown Autumn Festival: 6 historical figures from around the district were presented.

2 May: Celebration of the Society’s 50th Anniversary

Trip on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, with function, and launch of Heritage Alive by Danny Knudson - the history of the Society. See photos in side bar.

Spring 2013 – Autumn 2014

25 August, Sunday:

Launch of 2014 Calendar, 2-4pm, Arrowtown Presbyterian Hall

About 50 people attended, hearing talks on each month’s pictures from12 different speakers. The talks have been published in the next two Courier magazines

19 October, Saturday: Day Trip to Clyde

40 people thoroughly enjoyed being shown over the Olivers complex by owner David Ritchie, Dunstan House by owners John and Maree Davidson, and Naylors’ Cottage by Chris Naylor.                                       More photos are on the next page.

10 November, Sunday AGM & Launch of Summer Courier, with guest speaker Dr Jennie Coleman on diaries of the immigrant voyages.  About 40 people attended. The committee was re-elected, and Dr Coleman’s detailed talk gave a larger context for immigrant diaries.

15 December, Sunday Noon-3pm: Picnic at Laurel Bank

About 40 people attended, appreciating the hospitality of Sheena Haywood and Stephen Brent at their relocated and restored home. Neville Bryant kindly brought the former Routeburn Valley bus and took members to the Lower Shotover Bridge. Glenys Reynolds showed us through the former Ferry Hotel which is now a b-and-b.

1 February Saturday:

Day Trip by 4WD to Bannockburn and Nevis Crossing

37 people in 12 cars visited Kawarau Station where owner, Richard Anderson, told the history of the run, the Category I shearing shed, and the homestead buildings. Over Duffers Saddle to Nevis Crossing with Bruce McMillan giving commentary. Back to Watts Rock on the ridge. Some drove down the Young Australian waterwheel and on to Carricktown.  Photos below right.

23 March, Sunday: History of Queenstown Gardens

40 people enjoyed a perfect autumn afternoon, hearing the history of the Gardens peninsula, the bowls pavilion, the trees and the memorials.


Trip to Clyde

October 2013

Olivers former restaurant under renovation

Picnic at Laurel Bank,

December 2013

Trip to Bannockburn

and Nevis Crossing

February 2014

Kawarau Station Woolshed

Kawarau Station Homestead

Nevis Crossing

50th Anniversary Celebration, May 2015

At Walter Peak Station

People From Our Past



          William Fox


Rebecca Bond



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