Queenstown and District Historical
Society Incorporated
 Our Heritage Today - For Tomorrow
About Us Events Historical Blogs Publications Magazine Archive Associated Organisations

Activities for Members

 Spring 2012 to Autumn 2013

 Sunday 26 August: Launch of the 2013 Calendar: Hand-Tinted Postcards from the Past

St John’s Presbyterian Hall, Arrowtown. 50 members attended and heard talks on the era of hand-tinted  postcards and the 14 photos.


  19-22 October:   Goldrush 150th Commemorations,  Arrowtown, Historical Society’s Contributions

   Friday and Monday at 10am and 2pm: Guided Historical Walks

    About 40 people came on the walks with guides, Rupert, Rita and Russell.  

   Saturday: Market Day - A busy market followed by the re-enactment of the goldrush in the Arrow River.

    Sunday: Town Meets Country Day at Millbrook Another stall and many interesting conversations.



Sunday 11 November:

  Frankton Cemetery People from Our Past & Annual General Meeting

  About 60 people attended. Five People from Our the Past were presented often by descendants. The period    covered extended from 1860 to the 1960s: James Flint, Henrietta White-Grant, Elizabeth Meldrum-Grant-    Hansen, Mary (May) Drysdale-Boyd and Kenneth Archibald Chisholm. The AGM followed with launch of the    next Courier.

  Sunday 9 December: Picnic at Reidhaven, Villiers St, Arrowtown

  50 people attended on a perfect summer day in Jack Reid’s garden.  Jack spoke of his family who arrived in    the 1860s and memories of his long life in  Arrowtown.  Afterwards we looked through his cottage.



Sunday 27 January: Arranmore Farm and Frankton Maritime Buildings

  50-60 members attended.

  Arranmore Farm on Grants Rd, Frankton, was the subject of two articles in last summer’s Courier 86.

   Four families of past owners provided talks which brought the farm to life.

   At the newly restored Boatshed, Slipway and Ticket Office at the Frankton marina members of the Maritime   Trust explained the history of these notable buildings and the saga of their rescue and preservation for a new   lease on life.


March: Wanaka Warbirds & Wheels Museum, and National Transport & Toy Museum, at Wanaka Airport



Friday19 and  Sunday 21 April

Arrowtown Autumn Festival -  Cemetery Tours : People From Our Past.

 75 people came to the cemetery on the Friday, and 105 to the Presbyterian church hall on a colder Sunday.

 Letitia Tobin, Helen Mackie, John Augustus Miller, George Henry Pittaway, Rose Douglas.

Sunday 19 May at St John Ambulance Rooms in Frankton

 Launch of the Winter Courier, featuring medical services in the Wakatipu, and an introduction to the  DVD, The Glenorchy Road: a dream come true  produced  by the Glenorchy Heritage Museum Group.