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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.


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.

2 March: The Spijkerboschs’ dungeon of collectibles in Queenstown.

20 people enjoyed inspecting the eclectic articles, many collected locally.              

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. The historical figures were: Sergeant-Major Hugh Bracken, Mary Ann Anderson, Warden and Magistrate Richmond Beetham, solicitor George Burnett Barton, Hannah Moriah Ferguson and Catherine Firth.

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.