Shed­ding light on his­tory in ru­ral South­land


A new project show­cas­ing the his­tory of Pine Bush has been un­veiled.

The ex­hibit con­sists of a set of pan­els which have been in­stalled in a cus­tom-built shel­ter next to the district’s war me­mo­rial.

The pan­els tell the story of the his­tory of Pine Bush and nearby Ti­tiroa.

Once a thriv­ing set­tle­ment, with a church, school and black­smith, there is no longer much ev­i­dence of its former glory.

The idea was the brain­child of John Somerville, who farms in the area.

‘‘A lot of the stuff is all gone now, so it was an idea to re­mind peo­ple of what was here 100 years ago be­fore peo­ple for­get.’’

The pan­els give the back­ground to the found­ing of Pine Bush.

In­cluded is an orig­i­nal map of the area from the 1860s and ad­ver­tise­ments from the news­pa­per in the 1880s.

There is also a list of the en­tire school roll from 1881 un­til its clo­sure in the 1970s.

The ex­hibit also fea­tures a gar­den spe­cially planted for the oc­ca­sion.

Sarah An­drews, 15, built the gar­den as part of her com­mu­nity project as part of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh bronze award.

She has been work­ing on it since April, de­sign­ing the land­scapes and ap­ply­ing to the coun­cil for fund­ing of the plants.

Car­men An­drews of Pine Bush tidy­ing up the new Pine Bush and Ti­tiroa his­tory pan­els which were un­veiled to the com­mu­nity on Novem­ber 4.

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