Friday, 11 March 2016

K C McKenzie

If you know who K C McKenzie is, the WWII soldier listed on the Otautau War Memorial, please contact us.


Note: We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm and by request.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Seeking WWII soldier photos

Currently, we are working on a WWII project for the Otautau RSA. Of the 18 men who died during WWII and who are listed on our war memorial, we are seeking photos of five of the men.

If you have a photo or information on any of these men, please get in touch with us:

Eric Anthony Bulman
James Douglas Gould
Geoffrey Robert Hargest
James Vincent O'Brien
George Joseph Sheedy


Note: We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm and by request.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Good Works of the Past

Like most rural communities, Otautau appears quiet on the surface. But in the background, good works are being done. This seems to be the case historically when the Belgians needed help from the ravages of World War I.

This little snippet (Otautau Standard, 22 Jan 1918) shows a bit of thanks for good works rendered during the years of the Great War. A postcard was sent from Belgium's Minister of the Interior to Mrs A. V. King, President of the Lady of Liverpool League, Otautau Branch.

It would be hard to sum up how many socks, scarves, hats and the like were made by Otautau hands to ease the Belgians' pain of losing everything to the war. Or, how many pounds and shillings were collected from individuals and fundraisers such as the Flower Show to help pay for aid. Or, how many parcels sent with homemade foods and clothing were sent to the soldiers to make life easier in what was basically a man-made hell. But these good works made a difference to a lot of lives. And though the real postcard probably doesn't exist any more, this little snippet is a testament the good works of the generations before us.

Note: We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm and by request.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Open Again

After a long winter, we're open again on Sundays 2pm to 4pm and by request.

If you'd like to man the museum during these times, please contact Graham Milne.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Otautau School Photos

Over the last couple of weeks, we've been posting photos of Otautau School classes to our Facebook page. Otautau School donated the photos in 2009. The photos cover the 1960s to the 2000s. They aren't a complete set as some years are missing but still a very substantial and valuable set.

We decided to post them online for two reasons: 1) to continue to make our collections more accessible to the public; and 2) to gather names of the students as most of these photos did not come with names.

Collecting names is a timely kind of exercise - if you wait too long, people won't remember the names. So, we took a chance to put them on Facebook not really knowing how the majority would respond.

Thankfully, the response has been really positive. People are having a laugh and getting their memories stirred, and they are contributing the names we'd hoped for.

Thanks to all who have helped and participated in this informal naming project.

We're always on the lookout for more school photos either from Otautau School or any of the other schools nearby namely Fairfax School, Ermedale School, Aparima School, Gladfield School, Merrivale School, Waikouro School, Isla Bank School and any others I've forgot to mention!

Note: We will open on Sunday, 4 October 2015, 2pm to 4pm.