Wednesday, 2 April 2014

AGM

Our AGM will be coming up in a month or two. If you are interested in either the governance or management of the museum or helping out in any small or big way, please do get in touch. We are in great need of volunteers. You can contact us via email or by phoning the Secretary on 027-334-8697. Thanks!

We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!

Mystery Portraits

Do you know these people?

This photo has 'Coster' written on the back. There were a lot of Costers in Winton, and a Jane & James Coster lived in the Otautau district on their "Birchgrove" farm. James died in 1909. Jane lived in Colac Bay towards the end of her life in 1937. Both are buried in the old Otautau Cemetery. Is this Jane & James Coster or another couple of the Coster family? 

There are strong common features between the girls in this photo. It was taken by Cameron Photo of Winton, but who was the family? Any ideas? Please email us if you know anything.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Family History - Clark

We've had a recent enquiry about the Clark family. This line starts with Thomas and Catherine (nee Pattison) Clark who came out from Scotland in the early 1860s and married in 1865 in Riverton. They settled in Isla Bank and then moved to Heddon Bush, retiring in Winton c. 1912. They had five children. David married Rhoda Parry in 1894 and settled in Otautau; and his sister, Margaret married James Ryan in 1890 and settled in Bayswater.

David Clark was a Councillor on the Wallace County Council and had a successful Clydesdale breeding business. His best known horse was Tam O'Shanter.

It is our understanding that there was a Clark family reunion in 1991 in Isla Bank. Does anyone have any information on this family reunion and/or have relevant photographs? If so, please contact us via email - thanks!

We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Plaque Unveiling

There's a long post on the Otautau blog about the plaque unveiling that we had in conjunction with the Otautau Lions. Read about it here.

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Unveiling of Plaque

On Monday evening, the 10th of March at 7:30pm, there will be an unveiling of a memorial plaque at the Courthouse to honour and recognise the tremendous contribution that Muriel Brown made in her lifetime to the people and organisations of Otautau & Districts. This is a public function open to all who knew and loved Muriel. Following a brief unveiling ceremony, there will be an opportunity for anyone on behalf of themselves or their organisation to say a few words in appreciation of Muriel. A cup of tea and light supper will follow. Members of Muriel's family plan to be present. This event is being sponsored by the Otautau Lions Club and the Otautau Museum Trust.

We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!