Friday, 27 May 2016

New Heat Pumps

The courthouse now has new heat pumps thanks to a very generous donation from the Rural Women NZ Western Southland Branch, and fundraising support from the community.

The courthouse has been a cold building for many years with only a few small fan heaters to provide warmth. Now, we have two heat pumps, strategically placed in the biggest rooms. They are making a huge difference. The rooms are a lot more comfortable to be in. We are hoping to sort out humidity issues as time goes on.

This heat pump is in the middle room where the main display is.
The courtroom has a bigger unit to tackle the job.
Thank you to Rural Women Western Southland Branch for stepping in with this big donation - just in time for winter!

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

Monday, 23 May 2016

Oral History Workshop

Harry and Priscilla Holt, early settlers of Otautau.
Just one couple among many for whom we wish we had oral histories.
The Southland Oral History Project is once again offering interviewer training and the chance to preserve the life stories of Southland's people.

This can be a very rewarding volunteer job because you get to witness, and provide the vehicle for, the transmission and preservation of someone's personal memories, thoughts and views. In sum, you will be capturing a unique part of Southland's history, never before recorded but a treasure for generations to come.

The workshop takes place over two days, the first of which is Sunday, 29 May. The second day is Sunday, 3 July. Both training days will be from 10am to 4pm at the Invercargill Library.

If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Amundsen, the project co-ordinator, at the Invercargill City Library, ph 2111 444 extension 7777 on Tues 9am-1pm or Thur 12-3pm, or email

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

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Still Seeking WWII Photos

In the last few months we managed to get a couple of the photographs of WWII men we've been seeking: Eric Bulman and Geoffrey Hargest. Thanks to a member of the Bulman family for letting us have a copy of his photo. That gives us 15 out of the 18 men who are listed on our war memorial.

Now we just have these men left whose photos we need for the RSA heritage panel:

James Douglas Gould
James Vincent O'Brien
George Joseph Sheedy

If you know of anyone related to these men who may have their photo, please get in touch at the Otautau Museum email address.

If you have other photos from WWII that you think we might be able to use for the heritage panel, please let us know. Cheers!

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

Friday, 11 March 2016

K C McKenzie

If you know who K C McKenzie is, the WWII soldier listed on the Otautau War Memorial, please contact us.


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

Monday, 15 February 2016

Seeking WWII soldier photos

Currently, we are working on a WWII project for the Otautau RSA. Of the 18 men who died during WWII and who are listed on our war memorial, we are seeking photos of five of the men.

If you have a photo or information on any of these men, please get in touch with us:

Eric Anthony Bulman
James Douglas Gould
Geoffrey Robert Hargest
James Vincent O'Brien
George Joseph Sheedy


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