Wednesday, 15 June 2016

AGM Wrap

The museum trustees met on Tuesday night for their annual general meeting. They're a smaller group than a decade ago but no less dedicated to the governance processes that make the museum possible.

The following officers were re-elected:
Chairperson - John Low
Secretary - Pam Booth
Treasurer - Peter Campbell
Exhibition Manager - Peter Gutsell
Publicity Manager - Pam Booth
Roster Manager - Graham Milne
Fundraising Managers - Roger Scott and Peter Gutsell
Trustee - Mervyn Officer

The Collection Manager position is still open so if anyone is interested, please get in touch. Caring for a collection involves cataloguing, labelling and storing items. Photographs need to be scanned as part of their preservation. Computer skills are important, and we can show you the rest.

Note: We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm and by request.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

WWII Military Parade Questions


We're looking for information on this military parade. We know it's from World War II, and takes place on Dee Street, Invercargill. But we don't know who the man is who is saluting on the back of the truck, nor what year this was taken. Can you help? Email us or message us on Facebook. Thanks!

Note: We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm and by request.

Monday, 13 June 2016

AGM 2016

If family and local history are your thing, you might like being part of the Otautau Museum Trust. We aim to preserve the history of Otautau & Districts through photographs, archives and objects. Come check us out at our annual general meeting this Tuesday, 14 June at 7:30pm at the Courthouse,146 Main St, Otautau. Cheers!


Note: We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm and by request.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Our Gallipoli Video


The centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli has come and gone, but like many heritage groups, we're still 'processing' it. World War I was a huge, protracted event and deserves a lot of thought and reflection.

We researched the men of the district and put on a little exhibition last year about them. We also helped to create the WWI panels that are now situated at the War Memorial. Co-collaborators were the Otautau RSA and graphic designer, Donna Hawkins. These projects covered the 53 men who are listed on the Roll of Honour for Otautau & Districts.

But with this video, we wanted to focus on the first Otautau men to lose their lives in the war. The Gallipoli campaign took the lives of Eugene Tangney, Frank Craig, Fred Grant-Ussher, Harry Moffat, Edward Thomas, and Horace Braithwaite.

This is a memorial tribute - not a documentary. It's our first one, and we hope you like it!

Have a look and leave a comment.

Note: We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm and by request.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Book Sale

Mark your calendar for Otautau's biggest and only book sale: Saturday and Sunday, the 16th & 17th of July, 10am to 4pm, at the Courthouse. You are sure to find interesting reading for yourself or others.

This is our annual fundraiser, and we can't do it without you. Start digging through your 'not needed' books and make a donation! Drop donations off at the council office in Otautau or to the museum on Sundays.

Thank you!

Note: We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm and by request.