TC # 2016.1
A collection of 42 photographs of the Becks of Wairio as well as the Ayton, Taylor and Keen families. Ballochmyle farm diaries from the 1880s, newspaper clippings, and a floral wedding cake decoration from 1926. [images when accessioned]
Accession # 2015.11
|Fireman's uniform 2015.11|
This donation of a fireman's uniform features a helmet, boots, leggings, and coat. It's a symbol of the dedication it takes to be a volunteer fireman in a rural community like ours.
Accession # 2015.10
|St Joseph's Catholic Church|
|Otautau in 1913 flood.|
Two very interesting glass photos: one of St Joseph's Catholic Church before its expansion; and the other is Otautau in the 1913 flood taken from Hulme Street. National Mortage building in foreground and a view across to the fire station.
Accession # 2015.9
|Horse gear, 2015.9|
This donation includes horse saddles and harnesses; also a butter churn [image to come].
J E Wright's Fire
Accession # 2015.8
|J E Wright, 2015.8.1|
|Newsclipping on J E Wright's building,|
Photocopies relating to J.E. Wright and the fire in his storeroom on Main Street, 1965. Includes photocopies of newspaper clipping, business flyer, J.E. Wright portrait, airplane and crew, pictures of the building with smoldering smoke, taken from a distance.
Accession # 2015.7
|Seatter and Rendall family|
history book, 2015.7
A copy of Emigration of Seatters and Rendalls 1861-1925, a family history by Gordon Seatter. Also a gas street lamp was donated. [image to come]
Accession # 2015.6
|Otautau Basketball team, 1953|
|Otautau Gentlemen, 2015.6.9|
A collection of nine photographs featuring the Otautau Basketball Club 1953, a male debutante ball, and an Otautau School staff photo from 1970. Also glass negatives. Another valuable contribution to our collection.
Camera and Scales
Accession # 2015.5
|Old weight scale, 2015.5.1|
|Praktica camera, 1970s, 2015.5.2|
A set of scales and weights, and a 35mm slr Praktica super TL camera, lenses and accessories from the 1970s.
Laing Family Collection
Accession # 2015.4
We are privileged to add the Laing Family Collection to our catalog. The Laings came to Otautau in 1921 from Dunedin. Henry Laing and Joseph Knighton took over the bakery business of Charles Hinchliff that year. In 1925, Joseph left Otautau, and Henry ran the business successfully for many years. Also in this collection are a moustache cup, plaster cast of boy's foot, and an engraved silver spoon with important family dates.
Accession # 2015.3
|Otautau flood, Main St|
National Bank, WestPac Trust Bank
OK Milk Bar, 2015.3.1.1
|Otautau 1984 flood, Main St|
BNZ Bank (right), drapery (left)
Great snap shots from the '78 and '84 floods - both very memorable events here. We now add these to our collection: eight photographs of the 1978 flood; and 13 photographs of the 1984 flood.
Accession # 2015.2
|Otautau Co-op Dairy Factory|
cheese wrapper, 2015.2
We are grateful for this donation from the Wyndham and District Historical Museum: a framed cheese wrapper from the Otautau Co-op Dairy Factory.
Helmet and Goggles
Accession # 2015.1
|Aviation helmet, 2015.1.1|
|Aviation goggles, 2015.1.2|
A very unique addition to our collection: a leather aviator helmet and goggles. They came with the purchase of a 1926 motorbike by the donor.