Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Old Anglican Church

Three churches in Manapouri. Former Otautau Anglican Church on the left.
Otautau had four thriving churches in the past - the Presbyterian, Methodist, Anglican and Catholic. Three of these historic buildings remain, but one was removed several years ago and has a new life as an arts and crafts shop in Manapouri.

The front of the arts and crafts building, Manapouri.
The Anglican Church (centre) and Otautau School (left), Otautau.
St Andrew's Anglican Church was on Alderly Street, behind what is now the district council building. It was built in 1905 by Joseph Swap (1856-1908) - a carpenter from Aberdeen who built many of Otautau's homes and businesses.
Peggy Ryan's sketch of the Anglican Church entrance view.
This is the church as it was being dismantled for removal in Otautau. 
Entrance view, Manapouri.
The church and manse with Rev and Mrs Snell and friends.
The Rev and Mrs Snell were a noteworthy, community-minded couple who established the St Andrew's Scout group and Girl Guides group in 1927. The scouts are still active today and are one of the longest-lived organisations in Otautau.
The old church in great shape in Manapouri 2015.
The building was closed the day I visited so I couldn't find out more, but it certainly looks well taken care of.

Note: We're closed for the winter but will open again in October 2015. You can request an individual visit by request if you would like to see the museum in person.

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