The Blue Plaque is unveiled by Councillor Lynette Lovett, Nigel Gilkison ( Deputy Chair HPMC) and Dr Anna Crighton
The Blue Plaque on its concrete plinth.
Historic Places Mid Canterbury has unveiled their first Blue Plaque marking the Centenary of the Ashburton Railway Footbridge.
The plaque was formally unveiled at 10am on the 24th November.
There was a very well attended celebration Morning Tea at the Ashburton Museum afterwards.
Full credit goes to Nigel Gilkison who drove the project & HPMC , McIntosh Precast Ltd who made / sponsored the concrete plinth and Ashburton District Council who sponsored the plaques casting.
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.
On 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.
Saturday 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
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…)
Situated just on the outskirts of Ashburton, owners Peter (Mac on the local radio station) and Larraine McQuarters 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…)
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…)