The end of era for museum curator
It’s 40 years since Pam Garbes stepped into a volunteer role with the Kaiko¯ura Historical Society.
During this time she researched and collated much of the local history and has been a strong advocate for the new Kaiko¯ura Museum.
Earlier this month Garbes retired from her position as museum curator, but will continue to work as a volunteer and keep contributing to the community.
Kaiko¯ura Museum staff are holding a get-together on Friday afternoon to celebrate her many achievements.
Manager Stephanie Lange said Pam’s contributions to the museum and Kaiko¯ura community over her 40 years of service have been outstanding and inspiring.
Garbes was a key person in bringing the new museum to life and has left an amazing legacy for and whaling in the area.
She started collating the history of early settlers and families on index cards in 1983.
Garbes also looked after the archives so there was a place for people to research their family history.
‘‘She had a passion for historic material and family history was important to her, as well as people having access to the material,’’ Lange said.
‘‘She’d say there is no point having this stuff unless people can come and look at it, and enjoy it.’’
The possibility of a new museum was first talked about when a 1.5m flood went through the former building on Christmas Eve in 1993.
It was 14 years of planning and fundraising before they were able to move from two smaller Ludstone Rd buildings into a space double in size on the ground floor of the Kaiko¯ura District Council building in November last year.
Lange said Garbes and Glenys Caldwell were two of the driving forces behind getting a new museum established.
‘‘They had a vision that the museum could be so much more than it was.
‘‘They were determined Kaiko¯ura’s collection was special and should be shown to a much larger audience.
‘‘That sort of passion and vision was achieved on the smell of an oily rag, and is typical of what can happen in a small town.
‘‘It was an amazing achievement, but the real legacy was that someone could actually go out and achieve it,’’ Lange said.
The Kaiko¯ura Museum are holding an informal farewell with light refreshments and shared memories between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Friday September 22 at the Supper Room, Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome.
An advocate for the new museum, Pam Garbes has retired after 40 years as a member of the Kaiko¯ura Historical Society and museum curator.