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No. 63May-June 2013
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
NZ Federation of Historical Societies-ConferenceDunedin, April 5-7
added to for its reopening only last December. Toit
isthe name of one of the early streams which emptiedinto Dunedin’s harbour, near which boats from the
landed in 1848. A memorial plaque stillexists from the centenary celebrations. The museum isworld-class — and deservedly won the Significant Re-development award at the Museums Aotearoa Confer-ence this year.In between speeches by Sean Brosnahan of the museum(and author of the Otago Settlers Association’s history)on “Making Do: The Essence of the Early Settler Ex-perience”, and Prof. Tom Brooking (who addressed uson his long-term project to cover the history of ruralNew Zealand), the Annual General Meeting was held.The executive committee was re-elected, with the addi-tion of Kathleen Stringer (Ashburton) and the stepping-down from committee of Robin Astridge (but he re-mains as our Liaison Officer). The next conference/ AGM venue for April 2014 was approved (Te Awa-mutu). The NZ Federation writing award project wasdissolved by resolution, given that so many of ourmembers are successfully running their own local writ-ing award projects. Jim Black (West Auckland) made apresentation to Dot Page of wooden bowls turned fromswamp kauri by Trevor Pollard, on behalf of the Asso-ciation and the museum.The conference concluded with a lovely dinner at theDunedin Club, the guests piped in at the beginning, andthe haggis ably guarded on its entry into the diningroom by Neil Algar, Kenneth Stringer and NeilCurgenven in Scottish costume. We were entertainedby Bruce McMillan (vocalist), Vivienne McLean(pianist) and Dot Page (introductions) with “MigrantMusic” — songs of immigrants and Dunedin residentsfrom the 19th to 20th centuries.
Next meeting of theAvondale-Waterview Historical Society:
Saturday, 1 June 2013, 2.00 pm
atSt Ninians, St Georges Road, Avondale
I wrote the following for the Federation’s newsletter.
Dunedin’s charms and deeply multi-layered heritagehave me wanting to return to that city to catch up onwhat I missed. The trip down, for me, was well worthit (here I must thank my home Society of Avondale-Waterview, as well as the Chinese NZ Oral HistorySociety, for their financial assistance to get me downthere from here in Auckland).At least 32 delegates and observers attended the con-ference. Proceedings began with a delightful get-together on Friday 5 April at Daisy Bank, the home of Ann and John Barsby at Royal Terrace, built by Rich-ard Hudson junior between 1896-1899. Hudson wasone of the famous family of Dunedin biscuit makers.Saturday morning began bright and early in the cooler(but most welcome) temperatures with a coach triparound some of the sights in the upper part of the city’ssuburbs, including sights of the harbour and city belowfrom Signal Hill Lookout, and a quick visit to BaldwinStreet. A light lunch awaited us at the Burns Hall be-side First Church, preceded by the opportunity to look around one of Dunedin’s oldest places of worship, theFirst Church of Otago Presbyterian with its stunningexternal architecture. The church also has a HeritageCentre attached which is packed with information onthe story of both the church and the city itself. A treas-ure trove for historians and genealogists alike.We had an opportunity for a look at the Toit
OtagoSettlers Museum, an old institution reorganised and