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.