Sunday 8 December
Members' self-drive guided tour to Judge Williams' grand 1880s home and Pukehiki historic church and library
Afternoon Teas at the Savoy
Members' Event for December
December Members' Event
The December Members' Event will be a Self-drive Guided Tour on Sunday 8 December to three historic buildings within the city and peninsula. The tour will proceed via Judge Williams' impressive 1880s home on Belmont Lane to the church and library of the tiny settlement of Pukehiki on Highcliff Road and finish with afternoon tea at a convenient location.
For details please ring Carol Robinson on 477 8048, who would welcome an early indication of the numbers interested. As always, members are welcome to bring along invited guests.
Herbert-Maheno Self-Drive Tour
Some 17 members and friends enjoyed the Herbert-Maheno Self-Drive Tour on Sunday 20 October 2013 organised by Carol Robinson with the help of local historian Dorothy McKenzie.
For many the highlight was the chapel of the former Dominican school at Teschemakers, designed by prominent Dunedin architect F. W. Petre, with its splendid five stained glass windows of saints and its magnificent Gothic revival Carrara marble altar with its alabaster depiction of the Last Supper.
Among other historic places visited were St Andrew's Anglican Church in Maheno, built by the Nichols family from Kuriheka, and the Royal Hotel in Herbert, built by German migrant Christian Hille as a coaching inn in 1864 but now a private house. We also had time to visit the Graves Dam in Herbert Forest, built by another German settler Louis Schmoll in 1868 to power a flour mill in what turned out to be an unsuccessful venture.
Dorothy McKenzie generously allowed us to hold a BYO picnic lunch on the veranda of her home and showed us memorabilia from her direct ancestor Sir John McKenzie. Thanks also to Sister Mary, who was our guide at Teschemakers, and Gerry Wing, the current owner of the Royal Hotel, who gave us a history of the building and showed us the detailed stonework and the cellar.