Tag: Heritage Event

POSTPONED TO SUNDAY 1OTH MARCH!: Historic Places Mid-Canterbury Garden Party on Sunday February 24th 2pm at the Historic Mount Somers School House

Mount Somers  School House

State Highway 72, Mount Somers

Join us for a House Tour, Garden Tour and delightful afternoon tea!

This is for members only, although you are welcome to bring along a friend.  

Need a ride?  No worries, just let Marian or Julie know and one of our committee will be delighted to transport you.

$16 per person

Payment can be made directly to our account -email Julie and she'll give you the bank account number.

or posted to HPMC, C/- 21 Philip Street, Ashburton, or collected on the day.

Please RSVP by Friday February 22th to Marian Martin phone 308-8342 

or Julie Luxton on 308-3866 (leave a message), or email jules.glassart@xtra.co.nz

We do need to know numbers for our catering.  Hope to see you there.

Kind regards


The First Blue Plaque Is Unveiled By Historic Places Mid Canterbury: The Ashburton Railway Footbridge

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.

Historic Places Mid Canterbury Unveils The Ashburton Railway Footbridge Blue Plaque

The Blue Plaque on its concrete plinth.

Historic Places Mid Canterbury (HPMC) unveiled their first Blue Plaque. The Blue Plaque celebrates 100 years of the iconic Ashburton Railway Pedestrian Footbridge.

The Blue Plaque is an initiative of  HPMC and expect to see more of them as they start to market the project around the country.


NGAIO MARSH’S BIRTHDAY PARTY – Sunday April 23 5 – 7 pm


Sunday April 23   5 - 7 pm


A Fundraiser for the Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust.

5-6 pm  Wine and nibbles

6-7 pm  Crime Fiction

A presentation by Ray Berard

Winner of Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Crime Novel 2016

" Inside the Black Horse" described by the judges as a 'lucid and potent portrait of good people and gangsters that is unmistakably Kiwi in flavour and tone...a fine crime story with considerable depth'

A 'not to be missed' event for advocates of crime fiction and Dame Ngaio Marsh.

TICKETS $25, Available at Paper Plus, Merivale

INFORMATION: phone Jane  021 02405979
or: janeyryder@gmail.com

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.

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…)

“The Heritage of Sport”- World Heritage Day 18th April 20016

"The 2016 theme for the ICOMOS International Day on Monuments and Sites celebrated on 18 April is: The Heritage of Sport ..."


18 April - Ideas for celebrating (Link)

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.

Terrace Station at Hororata come and enjoy the final 2015 garden and woodland walk combined with ‘Books in the Garden’ –Sunday 15th November 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Terrace Station at Hororata

come and enjoy the final 2015 garden and woodland walk combined
with ‘Books in the Garden’

sale of gardening books and New Zealand history books woodland plants also available

Sunday 15th November 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

follow signs from the Hororata roundabout – approx 5kms to site

bring your picnic to have in the garden

Adults $5.00 per head to the Terrace Station Charitable Trust

homestead is not able to be looked into on the ‘open garden’ days           

more information at www.terracestation.org.nz                                              Please, no dogs!