Activities for Members
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Spring 2018 -
September: ‘Our Emigrant Ancestors -
St John’s Presbyterian Church Hall, Arrowtown
Five speakers recounted the social, political, religious and personal factors which
motivated their ancestors to leave their home countries to emigrate to New Zealand.
They came from Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany and Norway.
Their stories were both enlightening and moving. About 80 people attended.
September:’Vintage Viewing’ -
Produced by the Glenorchy Museum & History Group.
84 people attended. The fundraising event produced a good sum for the Glenorchy Group.
October: Trip to Bannockburn and Stewart Town
16 members enjoyed a picnic by the lake, a very informative talk by Gordon Stewart
and a tour of Stewart Town guided by Bruce McMillan, showing the newly-
November: Celebration of 100 Issues of the Queenstown Courier, and AGM
Stories of Wakatipu is a beautifully illustrated special issue, an anthology of
extracts drawn from past magazines, selected to cover eight major themes of
It was created by Danny Knudson, who was awarded Honorary Membership of
10 March: Trip to Kinloch -
We had several talks about past times there, and Kinloch Lodge provided a superb lunch.
7 April: ‘People From Our Past’ -
Four monologues by early residents from gold-
Over 120 people attended.
Narrator: Sue Harcombe
Charles Thatcher: Blaise Barham
Annie Vitelli: Jane Robertson
Pianist: Cheryl Collie
26 May Members Sharing Research -
About 40 people attended, viewing the short film by Pat Paulin about the history and process of silting at Head of the Lake, and listening to George Singleton about his book about the Kawarau River.