Research room planned
The dear old Methodist Church has seen better days.
The roof will need replacing soon and in this post earthquake era the insurance for such buildings has quadrupled in recent years. So the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust and the other main user of the building the Cromwell Genealogy Group are looking for new office space.
Now it just so happens that the Cromwell i-Site is soon to be relocated to a fancy, new, purpose built location but leaving behind the museum . . . Gee, who would want to take on office space that included a museum?
That’s how we find ourselves in the near perfect win-win situation for everybody. A new trust is being set up to re-invigorate the current Cromwell museum and encourage its use and expansion by locals and visitors alike. Of particular usefulness will be the addition of a ‘‘research room’’ where people will be able to come in search of information about their family’s genealogy, their history in the goldfields or other historical data.
The Cromwell Genealogists and the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust look forward to their modern, new
Terry Davis, secretary of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust and Edith Mckay convenor of the Cromwell Genealogy Group look over the current plans of the Cromwell museum and i-Site. offices and being more accessible.
If you would like to know more, have questions or ideas, or could see yourself as a volunteer, please come along on Monday, July 7 to the conference room at the Golden Gate Lodge in Cromwell at 7.30pm to an initial public meeting. All those with heritage links to Cromwell and it’s districts (Tarras, Lowburn, Bannockburn, the Nevis, Ripponvale, Mt Pisa) are encouraged to attend. ◗ For more info contact the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust chairman Martin Anderson on 445 0611 or Cromwell Genealogy Group chairwoman Edith Mckay on 445 3411.