Tireless worker honoured
Another great field weekend was enjoyed by members of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust in Ranfurly recently. We like to tag a field weekend onto our Annual General Meeting to make it worthwhile for our members who might travel from as far away as Christchurch or Invercargill. The meeting was short and succinct, like it should be, but something a bit special transpired and is worthy of note here.
Committee member Bruce McMillan was finally bestowed with an honorary life membership. Bruce has been a member of the trust since almost its inception and a member of the committee for coming up 20 years.
In that time Bruce has been right in the thick of most of the trust’s projects and has not only enjoyed a lot of satisfaction from jobs well done but also, more than a few, ‘sleepless nights’ where some pretty serious issues took a lot of energy to be dealt with.
The trust would like to genuinely thank Bruce for his tireless efforts in initiating, driving, labouring on, researching, writing, editing and having positive and useful input into so many areas of Otago’s goldfields heritage.
Bruce has lead three Cavalcade trails and been a key team member in: the restoration of the Come in Time Stamper Battery in the Thompsons gorge; the stabilisation of the Bendigo Bake House, the refurbishment of the old Methodist church (the trust office in Cromwell); interpretation signage projects too numerous to list – and the end is definitely not in sight.
● Terry Davis is secretary of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust