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.

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