Index Wellington Hutt Valley Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa 2012

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Index of Events
Date Event
Online herewith Thomas McKay Drummond
Daily Windows Displays
Daily Railway life at Cross Creek and Summit
Daily Stories Visual & Oral of Birdlife
Daily The Greytown Trail
Daily Stories through art & history
Daily Japanese PoW’s
Daily The Woolshed: National Museum of Sheep and Shearing
Each Tue, Thur, Sat & Sun Archived Records
Thur to Mon each week Our Heritage buildings
Suns Settlers' stories
Suns Settlers' stories
Suns Our Rail Heritage
1-14 Sept Local Stories
various Museums and Gardens
By arrangement. Fire-fighting tales
By arrangement. Memorabilia Museum
By arrangement. Working Displays of Early Printing
By arrangement. The Development of Solway College

Details of Events
Hales History & Research
Thomas McKay Drummond
A Surveyor who lived and worked in the Wairarapa.
Online herewith
Philip Vallance Ph 06 378 6268
Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Stories through art and history
We stage a range of interesting exhibitions with many stories. Please visit our website for full details.
Daily, 10am-4.30pm, by donation. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Corner Bruce and Dixon Street, North Masterton. Good access and parking.
Contact: 06 370 0001, (
Carterton District Historical Society
Archival records
We hold the records of historical photographs, maps, the histories of local businesses, school rolls, churches’ births, marriages and deaths, the Clareville Cemetery records and the histories and stories of early Carterton settlers.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4pm. Other times by appointment for groups and out-of-town visitors. Admission donation appreciated. Information Centre, 44 Broadway, Carterton. Disabled access. Handy parking.
Contact: Maureen Leach, 06 379 9021, or Ann Nielsen, 06 379 9234, (
Cobblestones Museum
Our heritage buildings
Display in entrance of the building giving history of each and photos with stories.
Thursday to Monday each week, 10am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm), $5 per adult, $2 per child, $10 per family of 2 adults and 2 children. 169 Main Street, Greytown. Good disabled access. Good street parking.
Contact: Margaret Craig, 06 304 8557, (

Eketahuna Early Settlers Museum
Settlers’ stories
Memorabilia and displays with stories of this district’s early settlers.
Sundays, 2-4pm, adults $2, children $1. Bengston Street, Eketahuna. Good parking.
Contact: Bridget Wellwood, 06 375 8892 or 021 146 8984,

Featherston Heritage Museum Complex
Japanese PoWs
September marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival in New Zealand of the first Japanese prisoners of war from Guadalcanal. Near Featherston was the site of the world’s first Japanese PoW camp. In 1943, 42 prisoners and one guard died after a short confrontation. The museum has on display many photos, artifacts and stories relating to this important period in New Zealand history.
Daily, 10am-4pm or by arrangement. Admission is $2 per adult, children and students with ID cards are free. There is disabled access and toilet and free parking. Corner of Fitzherbert Street (SH2) and Lyon Street, behind the Fell Locomotive Museum.
Contact: Phil Dittmer, 06 308 6146 or 021 147 2731,
Fell Locomotive Museum
Railway life at Cross Creek and Summit
Transport yourself back in time and experience a journey on the Rimutaka Incline, a unique railway worked by the famous ’Fell’ locomotives. Read Robert Hope’s boyhood memories of Cross Creek in the 1880s. Learn about life at the isolated settlement of Summit from children who travelled to Cross Creek School each day by train. Browse through a collection of stories by Cross Creek and Summit residents compiled during a reunion held in 1997. An audio-visual presentation, ’Rimutaka 1949’, relates to life at Cross Creek and Summit.
Daily, 10am-4pm, $5 per adult, $2 per child, $12 per family (2 adults, 2-3 children). Fell Locomotive Museum, Corner State Highway 2 and Lyon Street, Featherston. Easy parking, souvenirs for all ages.
Contact: Pat Flynn, 06 308 9777, (
Greytown Trails Trust
The Greytown Trail
The Greytown Trail is a flat, surfaced, fully fenced route for walkers and cyclists that follows the former Woodside-to-Greytown rail branch line. The line operated from 1880 to 1953, and there are several illustrated signs showing the history of the route along the way. The first 2.5km section of the trail, from Cotter Street, south Greytown, to Woodside Road, is complete, and the remaining section, ending 2.5km further on at Woodside Station, is due to be completed at the end of 2012. The trail has superb views of pastures and the Tararuas, avenues of heritage oak trees, native plantings and tranquil picnic spots. The trail is the work of local volunteers and has been supported by community funders, businesses and individuals. Contact us to become a Friend and receive information about trail activities.
Daily, 24 hours. Parking available. Check out our Facebook page.
Contact: Anne Taylor, 06 304 7271, (

Jubilee Fire Museum
Fire-fighting tales
Our museum has a permanent display of memorabilia and stories of early fire-fighting in the Wairarapa area, including an 1887 steam fire engine.
By arrangement, donations appreciated. 14 Dixon Street North, Masterton. Good disabled access and parking. Please call in to the adjacent Shear Discovery Centre.
Contact: Angeline, 06 378 8008

Masterton District Library
Local stories
Freestanding display.
Saturday 1-Friday 14 September, during library hours, no fees. Queen Street North, Masterton. Excellent access, non-metered parking off Chapel Street North.
Contact: Christine Hawker, 06 370 6300
Memorabilia Museum
Local memories
Items and stories from the region.
By arrangement, donation appreciated. 5 Woodward Street, Featherston. Disabled access. Excellent parking.
Contact: Ken and Trish Burgiss, 06 308 8345

Pahiatua Museum
Settlers’ stories
Displays, memorabilia and stories of the early settlers of the Pahiatua district.
Sundays, 2-4pm. 66 Sedcole Street, Pahiatua. Good parking.
Contact: M Bentley or Gilda Knight, 06 376 8413

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre
For the birds
Stories about birdlife in the centre and information about conservation activities.
Daily, 9am-4.30pm, adults $20, children $6, family $50. SH2 north of Masterton. Good parking and access.
Contact: Pam, 06 375 8004 or 06 375 8761, (
Solway College
School-day stories
Recorded stories from successive commemorative publications about the development of the college.
By arrangement.
Contact: Alison and Philip Vallance, 06 378 6268,
Printing Works
Stories in print
Working displays of early printing presses, with stories about their development and operation, and the history of printing.
Works open live Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm. Cobblestones Museum, 169 Main Street, Greytown. Good access and street parking.
Contact: Tony King, 06 304 9402,

The Wool Shed
National museum of sheep and shearing
Displays, videos and stories about the history of shearing, wool and farming. The Wool Shed is the home of the Golden Shears Hall of Fame.
Daily, 10am-4pm. 12 Dixon Street, Masterton (opposite Queen Elizabeth Park). Good disabled access and parking.
Contact: Angeline Colquhoun, 06 378 8008, (

Wairarapa Archives
Windows displays
Street window displays of stories of early Wairarapa people.
Daily, 24 hours, no charge. Queen Street North, Masterton. Excellent access and parking.
Contact: Gareth, Neil or Jenny (weekday afternoons), 06 370 6300
Wairarapa Heritage Attractions
Museums and gardens
There are 16 museums and gardens in the Wairarapa area displaying a diverse array of heritage attractions with their stories to the general public. Visit
Contact: Maureen Leach, 06 379 9021,

Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society
Our rail heritage
Displays of early rail history in the Carterton and Wairarapa regions, including stories of some of the people involved.
Sundays, 11am-4pm, admission: $3 adult/child or $5 family. Wheatstone Street, Carteron. Good disabled access. Good parking.
Contact: Don Hodge, 027 264 7421 or 06 377 1415