Tire­less worker hon­oured

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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