Clutha homes cel­e­brated on fundrais­ing tour

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MARY-JO TOHILL

Clutha Val­ley School goes into the year with an ad­di­tional $7000 in the cof­fers, thanks to a house and gar­den tour that drew vis­i­tors to the dis­trict in Novem­ber.

Pro­ceeds from the Clutha Val­ley House and Gar­den Tour will be used to help fund a new shade sail and pur­chase ro­bot­ics equip­ment. About 270 peo­ple at­tended the bi­en­nial event, which has now been held three times.

Clutha Val­ley Pri­mary School spokesper­son Re­nee Jud­son said fan­tas­tic sum­mer weather helped make the event a suc­cess.

‘‘Peo­ple en­joyed the va­ri­ety of homes and gar­dens, and the op­por­tu­nity to do a bit of shop­ping at the mar­ket stalls spread through the gar­dens. Peo­ple came from as far away as Dunedin, Gore and Wanaka, as well as all around South Otago. Stall­hold­ers were from South­land, Mid Can­ter­bury as well as lo­cal peo­ple.’’

If the school was the richer for the ex­pe­ri­ence, so were two South Otago women, who both once lived at the old­est and most his­toric house on the tour and en­joyed a nos­tal­gic re­visit.

Known today as Point Es­tate in the farm­ing area of Green­field be­tween Bal­clutha and Cly­de­vale, it was the girl­hood home of Mavis Mosley, 90, who now lives about 20km away at Stir­ling.

Born in 1927, she lived in the grand farm­house from the arts and craft era un­til 1946.

Her niece Jac­qui com­piled a com­pre­hen­sive his­tory of the house and prop­erty, which also in­cludes an orig­i­nal out­house, an is­land in the Clutha River and a pri­vate punt.

The house is be­lieved to have been built some­where be­tween 1910 and 1920 or ear­lier.

It is two-storey, but the up­per floor has never been com­pleted.

‘‘The up­stairs was not fin­ished, and I dreamed I would do it one day when I left at 18,’’ Mavis said.

Also on the tour was Colleen Mears, of Bal­clutha. She and her late hus­band Jack lived there from 1961 un­til 2002. In their time, the farm was named Bal­i­hai and the is­land and punt known as Mear’s Is­land and Mear’s Punt.

They used the up­stairs to dry seed, and said it took about 40 gal­lons of paint to put two to three coats on the house, such was its size. It has been re­stored, and is now oc­cu­pied by Nick and Jen­nie Wedge, who said it was a won­der­ful place to live.

More pho­tos from the tour on page 20.

‘‘The up­stairs was not fin­ished, and I dreamed I would do it one day...’’

MARY-JO TOHILL/STUFF

Point Es­tate was one of the fea­tured homes on the 2017 Clutha Val­ley House and Gar­den Tour.

Mavis Mosley of Stir­ling and Colleen Mears of Bal­clutha.

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