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Spring 2013 – Autumn 2014

25 August, Sunday:

Launch of 2014 Calendar, 2-4pm, Arrowtown Presbyterian Hall

About 50 people attended, hearing talks on each month’s pictures from12 different speakers. The talks have been published in the next two Courier magazines

19 October, Saturday: Day Trip to Clyde

40 people thoroughly enjoyed being shown over the Olivers complex by owner David Ritchie, Dunstan House by owners John and Maree Davidson, and Naylors’ Cottage by Chris Naylor.

Photos by Catherine Ansell and Marion Borrell


10 November, Sunday AGM & Launch of Summer Courier, with guest speaker Dr Jennie Coleman on diaries of the immigrant voyages.  About 40 people attended. Dr Coleman’s detailed talk gave a larger context for immigrant diaries.

15 December, Sunday Noon-3pm: Picnic at Laurel Bank

About 40 people attended, appreciating the hospitality of Sheena Haywood and Stephen Brent at their relocated and restored home. Neville Bryant kindly brought the former Routeburn Valley bus and took members to the Lower Shotover Bridge. Glenys Reynolds showed us through the former Ferry Hotel which is now a b-and-b.

1 February Saturday:

Day Trip by 4WD to Bannockburn and Nevis Crossing

37 people in 12 cars visited Kawarau Station where owner, Richard Anderson, told the history of the run, the Category I shearing shed, and the homestead buildings. Over Duffers Saddle to Nevis Crossing with Bruce McMillan giving commentary. Back to Watts Rock on the ridge. Some drove down the Young Australian waterwheel and on to Carricktown.  

23 March, Sunday: History of Queenstown Gardens

40 people enjoyed a perfect autumn afternoon, hearing the history of the Gardens peninsula, the bowls pavilion, the trees and the memorials.                                       


2 and 4 May: ‘People From Our Past’

At the Arrowtown Presbyterian Hall, as part of the Arrowtown Autumn Festival.

Six historical figures from around the district were presented: William Butler, James Healey, Ah Sip, Mother Mary McKillop (St Mary of the Cross), Ivy Ritchie,and Isabella Brodie Stevenson.


Kawarau Station Homestead

Kawarau Station Woolshed

Nevis Crossing

John Davidson shows us around Dunstan House

Olivers Buildings

View from Dunstan House down to Olivers

David Richie explains the

seismic strengthening