Hard but happy life in lit­tle cot­tage

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: CEN­TRAL STO­RIES MU­SEUM AN­DART GALLERY

Cen­tral Otago pioneers: Alexan­dra’s his­toric Val­lance cot­tage. It was built by Wil­liam Val­lance and his wife Jean, in­set, in the 1940s.

Photo: CEN­TRAL STORIESMUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Pre­serv­ing his­tory: From left: Floss Rothwell, Hazel Wes­ley, Dick Maskill and oth­ers at the open­ing of Val­lance Cot­tage fol­low­ing restora­tion work in Oc­to­ber 1996.

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