Queenstown and District Historical
Society Incorporated
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The Queenstown and District Historical Society was formed in  May 1965 at a time when significant buildings from the gold rush era of the 1800s were in danger of demolition as the tourist town grew.  The first campaign saved the former Library built in 1877 in the centre of the town.  Since then the Society has flourished and been influential in the preservation of buildings, sites and historical knowledge throughout the district which extends from Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston in the south, north up the Shotover River to Skippers, and east to Arrowtown, Gibbston and the Kawarau Gorge.
 Promoting local history
 Spring-Autumn Programme of activities for members
 Publications including twice-yearly magazine, the Queenstown Courier
 Monitoring of resource consents and making submissions on proposals   affecting historical sites  
 Collaboration with organisations promoting local history
 Current Projects, 2016-7
* Collaboration with Danny Knudson and the Lakes District Museum to    publish Skippers - triumph and tragedy written by Danny
* Promotion of the Queenstown and District Heritage app of 64 heritage    sites in the Wakatipu
* Publication of two issues of the Queenstown Courier magazine  
* Public presentation of ‘People From Our Past’ as part of the Wakatipu   Heritage Trust’s opening of the restored Arrowtown Gaol
* Erection of historical interpretation panels outside the former Library in   Queenstown, in association with QLDC
* Monthly blog in www.queenstown.com education section
Membership Subscriptions
 Individual or Family:   $25 per calendar year
 Corporate:                   $50 per calendar year
 Life membership:        $250
 To join: Click  here  for form.
 Email contact: The Secretary:    jsrob@xtra.co.nz
Our History
Former Queenstown
Library built in 1877

 Cemetery Tour at Arrowtown

Bryants’ bus

Queenstown’s first motor fire engine at the Transport & Toy Museum, Wanaka

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Smartphone App of 64 Heritage Sites in the Wakatipu

  Now available for Android phones and tablets

with FREE information and optional pay-for articles

As soon as it’s available for i-phones, we’ll update this notice.

     The app name is Qurio. The link is: http://qur.io/android_app

   We are grateful for a grant of $20,000 from the Community Trust of    Southland, and major sponsorship from the Lakes District Museum in    the form of many photographs.

    We seek sponsorship for individual sites and thematic collections.      To find out about sponsorship, contact marionborrell@hotmail.com


      JUST PUBLISHED a new history by Danny Knudson


On sale at the Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown

Mail orders: email info@museumqueenstown.com