Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The Lay of the Land

In recent months, one of our trustees, Peter Campbell, has been working on creating a framework with which to help preserve local history. As a farmer, he knows that many of the farming families of the past are no longer in the district. Their farms have been passed onto new hands. With this change of ownership, a certain amount of local history is lost.

Peter was able to get an excellent set of aerial photographs from the Southland District Council. These include the rural Otautau district as well as the township. The various property boundaries are clearly identified, and each property is given a number as a reference. We then created a card catalog. On the cards, we hope to have owners of the property and a list of related museum items, for example, a photograph of the homestead or family, or any written family history.

But to display these rather large maps, we felt we needed a new set of display panels. These were recently acquired thanks to funding from the Community Trust of Southland.

We also now have a file cabinet in which to keep our family history information organised. If you have a family history or family tree that you would to contribute, please contact us. We now have the ability to store such valuable things.

Come by and see what's new. We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!


sirebral said...

Tell Peter Paul Oberlander says "Howdy1"

Cathy said...

Hi Paul,

Peter wants your email address. He's got no way of getting touch.

Email the museum at and I will pass it on.