Sunday, 9 August 2015

Doris Cottage

Mrs Emily Menzies, Doris Cottage, 1958
The same research inquiry about the Harraway painting mentioned in the previous post originally started as a question about Doris Cottage. Where was it in Otautau? The original inquiry actually appeared (on 27 July) on the Otautau, New Zealand Facebook page, so there was a ready audience to tackle the question. We also asked some key museum people. The inquirer supplied a photo (above) which helped to verify the location and information about her grandmother who lived there.

Doris Cottage was a wooden house situated at 47 Queen Street, right next to the first Presbyterian Church. The house is no longer there. A subsequent house was built but then eventually relocated leaving an empty section today. We would like to know more about Doris Cottage such as how it got its name. If you have any information please let us know via email or the Otautau Museum Facebook page. Thank you.

Note: We're closed for the winter but will open again in October 2015. You can request an individual visit by request if you would like to see the museum in person.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Harraway Painting

A family research question crossed our desk this week regarding a painting. It was signed by E Harraway and dated 20 Nov 1901. 



The painting was found in a house at 47 Queen Street, Otautau, and was unframed. When the owner moved away in the 1960s, she took it with her, and it was later framed.

We don't know of any Harraways in Otautau, yet there must be some connection somewhere.

If you have any information on the painter or where the landscape is taken from, please get in touch.

Thank you.

Note: We're closed for the winter but will open again in October 2015. You can request an individual visit by request if you would like to see the museum in person.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Old Anglican Church

Three churches in Manapouri. Former Otautau Anglican Church on the left.
Otautau had four thriving churches in the past - the Presbyterian, Methodist, Anglican and Catholic. Three of these historic buildings remain, but one was removed several years ago and has a new life as an arts and crafts shop in Manapouri.

The front of the arts and crafts building, Manapouri.
The Anglican Church (centre) and Otautau School (left), Otautau.
St Andrew's Anglican Church was on Alderly Street, behind what is now the district council building. It was built in 1905 by Joseph Swap (1856-1908) - a carpenter from Aberdeen who built many of Otautau's homes and businesses.
Peggy Ryan's sketch of the Anglican Church entrance view.
This is the church as it was being dismantled for removal in Otautau. 
Entrance view, Manapouri.
The church and manse with Rev and Mrs Snell and friends.
The Rev and Mrs Snell were a noteworthy, community-minded couple who established the St Andrew's Scout group and Girl Guides group in 1927. The scouts are still active today and are one of the longest-lived organisations in Otautau.
The old church in great shape in Manapouri 2015.
The building was closed the day I visited so I couldn't find out more, but it certainly looks well taken care of.

Note: We're closed for the winter but will open again in October 2015. You can request an individual visit by request if you would like to see the museum in person.

Book Sale and Raffle!


Our annual book sale and grocery raffle is happening at the end of this month - 25 and 26 July. Drop your books by the SDC office and buy a ticket for raffle too! Winner will be drawn on 26 July under police supervision. Thanks for supporting the Otautau Museum.

Note: We're closed for the winter but will open again in October 2015. You can request an individual visit by request if you would like to see the museum in person.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Wallace Mounted Rifle Re-union program

Here are some images of a rare program for the Wallace Mounted Rifles First Re-union at the Crown Hotel, Otautau, 13 July 1913. Photos courtesy of Ken Chilton.

Quote: "This for the waxen Heath, and that for the Wattle-bloom,
This for the Maple-leaf, and that for the southern Broom.
The Law that ye make shall be law and I do not press my will,
Because ye are Sons of The Blood and call me Mother still."
--Rudyard Kipling


Quote: "Some ha'e meat and canna' eat,
And some may eat that want it;
But we ha'e meat and we can eat,
and sae the Lord be thankit."
--Robert Burns
Some well-known names on the Toast page.

Note: We're closed for the winter but will open again in October 2015. You can request an individual visit by request if you would like to see the museum in person.