About Southern Heritage Trust

The Southern Heritage Trust was set up in December 2002 and incorporated as a Charitable Trust in May 2003.

We have an attractive base in the Sexton’s Cottage at Dunedin’s Northern Cemetery. This is by arrangement with the Dunedin City Council, and in return we maintain an information centre and website on burials in the cemetery. You are most welcome to call in to the Sexton’s Cottage whenever you can find us open: you can view there a display of our heritage products and make purchases if you wish.

The Southern Heritage Trust is devoted to the appreciation and protection of Otago’s social, cultural, architectural and industrial heritage. In particular

  • we research and publish heritage materials
  • we set up and maintain heritage websites
  • we collaborate with other agencies, groups and individuals in heritage activities
  • we take upon ourselves an advocacy role in heritage matters.

The current trustees are:

  • Ann Barsby
  • Peter Booth
  • Barry Clarke
  • Louise Croot
  • Geoffrey Kearsley
  • Debra Simes
  • John Barsby (Secretary/Treasurer)

Among our present and past activities are:

Materials
greetings cards, Christmas cards, calendars, bookmarks and shoulder bags
Northern Cemetery trail brochures
Dunedin Courthouse self-guided tour brochure
Pukerangi and Hindon Station display panels
Macraes Community interpretational display panels and trail brochures
Dunedin Grand Hotel brochure and street panel
Bank of New Zealand illustrated booklet
Dunedin Town Hall 75th anniversary historical booklet and displays

Websites
Dunedin’s Northern Cemetery
Dunedin Gasworks Museum
Otago Trails

Events
Regular afternoon teas at the Savoy since 2002
Dunedin Community Gallery exhibitions 2004 and 2006
Dunedin domestic stained glass tour 2006

Advocacy
multi-purpose re-use of the Dunedin Prison
preservation of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum
protection of Macraes historic goldmining sites
submission to the Dunedin City Council’s Heritage Strategy review
submission to Otago Regional Council on heritage matters
talks to numerous local groups and service clubs