Historic Places Mid Canterbury Members Only: Garden Party On Sunday February 19th At 2pm

Historic Places Mid Canterbury Garden Party is being held this Sunday February 19th February at 2pm.

"Dainty cakes, fancy treats and fine bone china are also on the agenda."

This is a Member's Only Event, though you can bring a friend-

to reserve a place, venue details etc   RSVP to Marian Martin on 308-8342 or Julie  Luxton on 308-3866.
There is a small charge of $5 each to cover costs.

Historic Places Mid Canterbury “Bus trip up to Hakatere!” On Saturday October 15th (2016)

Bus trip up to Hakatere!

The Hakatere Heritage Buildings
are set in the magic of our backcountry, 20 minutes beyond Mount Somers, up the Ashburton Gorge.
They are a great restoration success story for heritage.

Historic-Places-Mid-Canterbury-Purple-logoOn Saturday October 15th
Historic Places Mid Canterbury
invite you to join them for an afternoon up at Hakatere.
Bus leaves Ashburton at 12.30pm

But this isn't just any ordinary visit to Hakatere! We are going to be hearing some great stories associated with this cluster of buildings directly from the main driver of the project, David Howden. We will tap into David’s head full of history to glean new and interesting facts about these icon buildings. Hear about the projects being undertaken, ie the tin boat and shed, view the killing and skinning shed, and we might even hear about the old stables!

A yummy afternoon tea will be served in the old cook-shop.

A short AGM will follow afternoon tea. We should have you back in Ashburton around 5.30pm.

hakatere-imageSaturday October 15
Bus leaves at 12.30pm from outside the Ashburton District Council buildings. .
Non members are welcome $20 per person
HPMC Members $15.00 per person

The stone cottage, circa 1862, is now nearing restoration completion. DOC, who manage the site, secured monies for this, the shortfall made up by an enthusiastic committee, who have put in many hundreds of hours of voluntary work and fundraising. The single-men’s quarters also dates from the late 1800’s and DoC has made the lounge into an information room about the Hakatere Conservation Park. Any queries please phone

Julie Luxton on 308-3866 or 027 303 8834

“Anaya Woolshed” (A History) – ” …. Many believe that the original surviving parts of this shed are claim to the oldest surviving woolshed in New Zealand. …”

Anama Woolshed

Anama Woolshed has been added onto over its long lifetime

Anama Woolshed has been added onto over its long lifetime

By Julie Luxton

Let us journey back to 161 years ago and paint a picture in our mind of two pioneering men, squatters from Australia, living in a large woolshed at what is now called Anama.

The woolshed was without doors or windows, no chimney, built from nearby Manuka and thatched on top and sides with cabbage tree leaves. The fire was made in the middle of the floor and at night a blanket was hung up to serve as a door. The year is 1855 and well known pioneer John Barton Acland of Peel Forest sheltered for the night in this very woolshed.

Acland wrote in his diary “Russell and Rogers, with Seward and an Irish shepherd are living, and have been living for twelve months in a large woolshed………   It is a wonder why some people will make themselves so needlessly uncomfortable.” (more…)

HPMC Heritage Event: AEROVIEW 2 pm Sunday July 3rd

You are invited to a social afternoon at

 

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Sunday July 3rd starting at 2pm

All welcome

Situated just on the outskirts of Ashburton, owners Peter (Mac on the local radio station) and Larraine aeroview entranceMcQuarters have spent their lives gathering fascinating jewels from a by-gone age all lovingly displayed for us to view. Their obsession with all things vintage extends to the colourful collection of antique Edison Phonographs, 78 rpm Gramo-phones, valve radios, vintage Black and White TV’s and classic broadcasting equip-ment. There’s even old radio broadcast consoles, studio microphones from the 40’s, and an example of the first type of NZBC Studio Television cameras used in the pio-neering days of television in New Zealand, the ubiquitous Marconi Mk IV. (more…)

“Telling time resurrection” – Historic Places Mid Canterbury Living Heritage Article

HPMC – Living Heritage – Town clock

Telling time resurrection

By Julie Luxton

This is a story about time (a clock), but also a story of changing times and times of change!

Firstly a grand time – a time when Ashburton was proud to the point of boasting about its marvellous new Post Office and clock tower! Today we all carry time tellers (phones/watches) but over a century ago they were much rarer and the town clock dominated the landscape with its importance. It not only displayed, but also chimed the time. (more…)

Victorian Tea Party on Saturday January 23rd at 2pm- At 1/24 Peter Street, Ashburton

If dainty cakes, cucumber sandwiches, fancy tea cups and a charming garden setting around a fabulous 1880s opulently decorated villa appeal to you, make sure you ring and book your place at the Victorian Tea Party. This is only for members, although singles can bring a friend or partner. Our grateful thanks to Kath Shea for the opportunity to hold this.

HPMC committee member and Archivist at the Ashburton Museum and Heritage Centre, Kathleen Stringer, will bring along some clothing for you to admire and will talk a little about the Victorian era. If you haven’t seen the inside of Kath Shea’s amazing home there will be time to tour, and for those of you who have, you will probably want to look again! Small charge of $5 each to help cover catering costs.