To be announced
Wednesday 10 July
Southern Heritage Trust Annual General Meeting
Following our four contributions to the Dunedin Heritage Festival at the end of April, the Trust arranged two events for the first half of May.
The first was the guided tour "Theatres of Dunedin: From Dens of Iniquity to Picture Palaces" on Sunday 5 May 2013. Unfortunately this had to be cancelled because of persistent heavy rain. It is hoped that it may be possible to restate the tour later in the year.
The second was a presentation by well known historian and former museum curator Michael Findlay on Tuesday 14 May 2013 in the Burns Hall in Moray Place. Under the intriguing title "Where House, adaptive reuse of Dunedin's Warehouse Precinct" Michael Findlay took his audience through the history of the area from pre-settlement times through the glory days of Dunedin's industrial and commercial supremacy and the subsequent period of neglect to the optimism of the present day with its current examples of adaptive reuse and plans to revitalise the whole precinct.
This was the first major Southern Heritage Trust event since the merger with the Otago Branch of the NZ Historic Places Trust and attracted an appreciative audience of more than 70 people.
Dunedin Heritage Festival April 2013
The Trust made contributions in the form of guided tours on each of the four days of this year's Dunedin Heritage Festival.
The first was on ANZAC Day, Thursday 25 April 2013, on which we put on our annual tour of the sixteen memorials in Dunedin's Northern Cemetery of young men who perished in the Gallipoli campaign. As usual, the tour was based on our Northern Cemetery Brochure Anzac Trail: it was conducted this year by Ann Barsby.
The following day, Friday 26 April 2013, saw our first ever guided tour of Dunedin's neoclassical buildings, based on our Dunedin Historical Trail brochure. This began with Walk One of the brochure at the Otago Museum, where we looked at David Ross's original 1877 entrance portico on Great King Street, in elegant Roman Doric style but adorned with Scottish roses and thistles, and then went on down Great King Street to examine the two similar but different façades of Edmund Anscombe's Dental and Medical School buildings of the 1920s. Next we proceeded to the two contrasting banks facing each other at the George St/Pitt St/Frederick St intersection and then down George Street as far as Moray Place, picking out the neoclassical details on the first floors of the various buildings on the east side. The tour ended in the rain at Mandeno/Fraser's 1930 Dunedin Town Hall, with its splendid Corinthian portico (which occasioned some debate on the merits of its modern addition), leaving the rest of Walk Two (with its two gems, Armson's 1881 BNZ Building and Lawson's 1874 Union Bank building) for another time. The tour was led by John Barsby (in a wheelchair), standing (sitting?) in for his classicist colleague Robert Hannah, who designed the brochure.
Another new venture was the double-decker bus tour of Dunedin's architectural gems on Saturday 27 April 2013. This was the creation of Ann Barsby, who designed and led the tour with the help of Florence Stone. The tour featured Dunedin's many significant architects and buildings, public and private, including especially those in Royal Terrace and High Street.The tour finished in style with afternoon tea at the Dunedin Club. This was the most popular tour of the four, with 48 participants, though each of the other three attracted over 20.
Sunday 28 April 2013 saw another guided tour in the Northern Cemetery, this time based on tombstone symbolism, led by Fiona Hyland of Heritage Roses Otago, assisted by Ann Barsby, who gave an account of the restoration of Larnach's tomb and the family symbolism of the stained glass windows.
Visit to Craigieburn
The first Members' Event of the year took place on Saturday 13 April 2013, when some 25 members and their invited guests enjoyed a tour of Craigieburn, the little known historic site at the top of Tanner Road on the northern edge of Dunedin.
The tour was guided by environmental consultant Paul Pope, who has managed the site for the Dunedin Amenities Society for nearly twenty years. Paul Pope entertained us with his vivid account of the Rankin family from Scotland, who bought the site in 1860 and subsisted largely by selling firewood. They subsequently turned to dairy farming and set out to conserve the magnificent rimu on the property (52 trees ranging in age from 350 to 650 years old), and eventually the Rankins' daughter Elizabeth gave the Amenities Society the first right of purchase in her will.
The tour included the physical remains of dwellings and farm operations, the various interpretation panels, and the tracks which link the site with the Ross Creek reserve. Everybody agreed that it was a most enjoyable and worthwhile expedition.