Glimpses of the past
The final edition in the historic series Those Were the Days, a booklet put out by The Catlins Historical Society annually, is for sale at its market day fair to be held on Saturday.
Over the 12 editions, a variety of stories featuring the old days of The Catlins have been provided by residents and former residents of the district.
They include stories on farming, old identities, poems, housework of the past, organisations, the war, sawmilling. among many others.
The latest edition has tales from key settlements including Kahuika, Tahakopa, Pounawea, Owaka and Port Molyneux, and writings about baby clothes, the Owaka Library, coal ranges, World War II, rabbits, the woolshed and the district’s subAntarctic links.
The booklets are for sale for $8 on the day, and $10 at the Owaka museum afterwards.
The market day opens at 9.30am at the Owaka Memorial Community Centre and finishes at 2pm - a longer time than in previous years, to cater for food stalls over the lunchtime. There will be a variety of goods stalls including crafts, plants, jewellery, soaps and secondhand goods.
A chocolate wheel will operate and Catlins musician Ron Gallagher will be providing busking entertainment.
The Catlins Historical Society booklets.