Hard but happy life in little cottage
About $1550 has so far been raised in an effort to save Alexandra’s historic Vallance Cottage. It was going to be demolished in the mid-90s until the Alexandra Museum stepped in and saved it. It was then used by community groups and schools, as part of lessons on how Central Otago’s early settlers lived. But the cottage has again fallen into disrepair, becoming the target of vandals and the exterior and the floor need work at a cost of $12,000. The Vallances’ oldest living grandson, Dick Maskill, has written to nearly 50 relatives around the world, spanning five generations, asking them to contribute to save the cottage. Museum board member Gill Grant said there was an immediate response from the family, with $800 quickly raised. Anyone wanting to contribute to repairing Vallance Cottage should contact the Alexandra Museum.
Central Otago pioneers: Alexandra’s historic Vallance cottage. It was built by William Vallance and his wife Jean, inset, in the 1940s.
Preserving history: From left: Floss Rothwell, Hazel Wesley, Dick Maskill and others at the opening of Vallance Cottage following restoration work in October 1996.