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Glenorchy Heritage and Museum group The Glenorchy heritage and museum group are dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Head of Lake Wakatipu.
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This is cool
02/08/2023

This is cool

Brian Scadden from Carterton has single-handedly managed to resurrect the lost art of old-school photography.

Isn't this wee table just lovely! All the recently publicity about Fred Finch is bringing new ( to us) information to li...
25/05/2022

Isn't this wee table just lovely! All the recently publicity about Fred Finch is bringing new ( to us) information to light. This table was made by Fred Finch! and because of it, we now know that Fred wasn't just a builder but also a cabinet maker and a rather good one at that. We also know that Fred was doing his woodwork while at Paradise, as this table has been passed down in the Aitkin family. I wonder how many other Fred Finch tables are out there.

18/05/2022

We're getting closer now to being able to share our Fred Finch exhibition. We're just waiting on resource consent and then we can start to build our exhibition space. Meanwhile interest has been growing about this early photographer. Here is a wee video talking about what we have discovered so far.
http://www.scene.co.nz/the-south-today/?video=6306020141112

15/05/2022

By LUCY WORMALD Detective work can be added to the skillset of the Glenorchy History and Museum Group. The story starts in the 1930s when Lloyd Veint found a set of glass plate photos in a Paradise shed. Sensing their importance, Veint held on to the plates, handing them down to his daughters before...

A lovely report about a picnic in 1897. Great colourisation by Sean
28/11/2021

A lovely report about a picnic in 1897. Great colourisation by Sean

The members of the Anglican congregation having decided to hold their annual picnic at Beach Bay, about 200 people embarked on the steamer Mountaineer on Thursday last week, en route for that beautiful spot. The boat left the Queenstown wharf at half past ten with as merry a throng of passengers as ever went picnicking. The trip over occupied an hour, and it was very pleasant indeed, the lake being beautifully calm, and the sun not too hot overhead. On arrival at Beach Bay a rather difficult landing was skilfully effected by Captain Simmers and soon all were once more on dry land. Mr M'Kenzie, of Walter Peak, met the party and gave all a hearty welcome. The lawn in front of Walter Peak house was kindly thrown open to the visitors, and soon a liberal luncheon was arranged under some of the umbrageous birch trees in and about the enclosure. After all had partaken heartily the children were treated to races of all description and various other kinds of recreation. Two fine swings were well patronised while others had short rides on horseback. Though a small place, there are many pretty spots to be found in Beach Bay, and a great many, if not all, were discovered and explored by various little parties. After the children were tired of racing, and the older portion of the company had well nigh exhausted their energies and their ingenuity at playing and devising games, all were once more invited to partake of refreshments. As in the previous repast, the good things were beyond criticism even by the most fastidious—the tea being delightfully refreshing. Some one said Capt. Wing made that tea. l am not sure whether he did, but if so, then no picnic party should be without him. After all were satisfied everything was packed up and carried by willing hands to the beach to wait the return of the steamer from Glenorchy. Just before packing up—and before the assemblage had separated again—the Rev. Mr Mitchelll vicar, and Capt. Wing superintendent of the Sunday School distributed prizes to the children of St Peter's Sunday School, each recipient being exhorted, by a few kindly words of advice, to greater efforts, and consequently greater success in the year upon which we have just entered. Cheers were then given for the teachers and all concerned with the Sunday School. Shortly after six the boat came in sight, and all prepared to depart. Stages were ran out, as in the morning, and soon everyone was on board. After three hearty cheers for Mr and Mrs M'Kenzie for their kindness and hospitality, our jovial Captain Simmers gave the order and we were shortly once more under weigh for Queenatown. A smooth and quick passage brought us home again a few minutes after seven. Undoubtedly this year's holiday, was numerically, more successful than last there being many more present. To Captain Wing much honour is due for his undefatigable efforts to render all happy. He was ably assisted by Messrs Mayne, Petterson, Robinson, Warren and Milne Bros., who worked like Trojans all day. The ladies who provided the edibles are decidedly to be complimented on theirgenerosity—the cakes sandwiches, pastry and biscuits being perfection. The ladies who presided and took an active part in the substantial part in the affair were Mesdames Donne, Wing, Mitchell, and Misses Wing, E. Firth, M'Dowall, Boyd (2) and A. Barnett.
As usual the, captain and crew of the steamer, by their pleasantness and obliging manners, made the passage in the boat very very bright and pleasant. They also lent considerable aid in conveying heavy packages, ashore. By them too, was provided that awful net for the obstacle races—for such indeed the boys must have found it. Everyone must have thoroughly enjoyed the hoIiday, aud no other than a feeling of gratitude could have prevaded each breast, after the picnic was over, The report of each was; " It was the nicest picnic I've been at for a long time." From this the committee of management may congratulate themselves at having brought off with such success the picnic of 1897.

A new challenge for our group. We want to restore these to working level and take some photos with them.
01/03/2021

A new challenge for our group. We want to restore these to working level and take some photos with them.

The museum group has a couple of really cool projects coming up this year, and there are lots going on behind the scenes...
14/02/2021

The museum group has a couple of really cool projects coming up this year, and there are lots going on behind the scenes at the moment. First up, will be a photography exhibition. The Photographer is Fred Finch who lived at Paradise for a time and died 100 years ago last year. We have a lot of his photos and even some of his original glass plate negatives.
This photo is of Poppy Aitkin, Freddie Finch and Mrs Oliver taken at Aitkin's Accommodation house. If anyone else has some old photographs by Fred Finch we'd love to hear about it.

08/07/2020

Life long Glenorchy local Pat Paulin tells the story of the head of the lake, the changing shape of Lake Wakatipu and the rivers that feed into it. Lots of f...

Sometimes you just know that a moment is time is worth preserving. I hope many Glenorchy people will join with us to cre...
05/05/2020

Sometimes you just know that a moment is time is worth preserving. I hope many Glenorchy people will join with us to create a snapshot of this time.

THE GREAT GY LOCKDOWN HISTORY PROJECT 2020 May 5, 2020 Share Glenorchy Heritage & Museum Group invites you to Immortalise Your Bubble for the “THE GREAT GY LOCKDOWN HISTORY PROJECT 2020” Related documents: The Great GY Lockdown (PDF, 704.97 KB) Leave a comment You must enable JavaScript to submi...

Today's effort at colourising an old photo. This one is from our Fred Finch collection, and we aren't sure where this ho...
03/05/2020

Today's effort at colourising an old photo. This one is from our Fred Finch collection, and we aren't sure where this house may be located. There is a suggestion that it may be out at Lake Hayes. Does anyone know?

I've been really impressed by the colourising of old photos that Sean Drader has been doing, so I thought I should reall...
02/05/2020

I've been really impressed by the colourising of old photos that Sean Drader has been doing, so I thought I should really do a few myself. It is a bit addictive, seeing old photos come to life as you add the colour, and you notice much more detail in the image itself. This is my first attempt.

Does anyone have historic recipes to share?
24/04/2020

Does anyone have historic recipes to share?

Culinary historian Allison Reynolds has been on a thoroughly enjoyable chase to find out more about this much-loved Australian biscuit. She's baked rather a lot of Anzacs in that time, too. Here she shares the oldest Anzac biscuit recipe, which dates back to pre 1920.

and while we're looking at cars on wharves...check this one out. Ahhhh the days before heath and safety. I notice we had...
16/02/2020

and while we're looking at cars on wharves...check this one out. Ahhhh the days before heath and safety. I notice we had some stairs on the wharf too. I wonder if the bus was going on or coming off.

The caption on this photo says Dodge Kingswood on Earnslaw. It doesn't actually look like the Glenorchy wharf either. Do...
16/02/2020

The caption on this photo says Dodge Kingswood on Earnslaw. It doesn't actually look like the Glenorchy wharf either. Does anyone know the story behind it?

A bit of rain in the last few days! I though you might enjoy looking at these photos of the Queenstown flood of 1878.Rec...
04/02/2020

A bit of rain in the last few days!
I though you might enjoy looking at these photos of the Queenstown flood of 1878.
Recently we have been given some glass plate negatives taken by the photographer Frederick Finch. We found photos he had taken of the 1878 flood. We hope to have an exhibition of these photos later in the year, so everyone can appreciate the detail we can obtain from glass plate negatives rather than the old photos. (Guess which one has been obtained from the glass plate!)

This one is from Jan the 30th 1942 published in the weekly news. Rosie Grant with Johnny and Stewart Watson as helpers.
26/01/2020

This one is from Jan the 30th 1942 published in the weekly news. Rosie Grant with Johnny and Stewart Watson as helpers.

The caption on this photo says " Earnslaw late 40's Lewis Groves, with Geoffrey on trailer and Tommy on top of the stack...
26/01/2020

The caption on this photo says " Earnslaw late 40's Lewis Groves, with Geoffrey on trailer and Tommy on top of the stack.

Summer seems to have arrived at last, and to keep with a summer theme, here are some hay making photos for your enjoymen...
24/01/2020

Summer seems to have arrived at last, and to keep with a summer theme, here are some hay making photos for your enjoyment. The only note attached to this photos says it is at Paradise in the 50's. any more info greatly appreciated, and feel free to share your own photos in the comments

Another early photo of the Glenorchy races? Does anyone recognize any of these people? Please like and share this post s...
05/01/2020

Another early photo of the Glenorchy races? Does anyone recognize any of these people? Please like and share this post so more people can see this image.

Great day at the Glenorchy Races yesterday. I found this photo of the races dating from 1967. Does anyone else have any ...
05/01/2020

Great day at the Glenorchy Races yesterday. I found this photo of the races dating from 1967. Does anyone else have any early photos of the Glenorchy races? Please share in the comments.

Welcome to the Glenorchy Heritage and Museum group face book page. Don't forget to like or follow us so you can keep up ...
05/01/2020

Welcome to the Glenorchy Heritage and Museum group face book page. Don't forget to like or follow us so you can keep up to date with what we are up to, and to see some of our large library of images. You can check out our other historic Glenorchy images on www.ehive.com Thanks for visiting our page.

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02/01/2020
Our first Outpost is installed at Kinloch.
02/01/2020

Our first Outpost is installed at Kinloch.

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