Otago Daily Times

WW2 ra­dio op­er­a­tor dis­play new club feature for her­itage day

LAWRENCE

- RICHARD DAV­I­SON richard.dav­i­son@odt.co.nz Dunedin · Packwood

A SUR­PRISE is in store for vis­i­tors to the Tuapeka Vin­tage Club Mu­seum dur­ing Lawrence Her­itage Day this Sun­day.

Club mem­bers have teamed up to pro­vide an im­pres­sive new dis­play that will be just one of sev­eral new and re­turn­ing at­trac­tions ex­pected to de­light the crowds.

Club mem­ber Jerry Pack­wood said he won­dered if a bur­glary was afoot when he first stum­bled across the in­stal­la­tion last week.

‘‘I came round the cor­ner into the ra­dio sec­tion, and there was this chap sit­ting at a desk in a World War 2 uni­form.

‘‘He was so re­al­is­tic, I struck up a con­ver­sa­tion with him to be­gin with.’’

The in­truder in ques­tion turned out to be a care­fully­crafted army ra­dio op­er­a­tor dummy, form­ing part of a dis­play il­lus­trat­ing a typ­i­cal WW2 sig­nals set­up.

Club mem­ber Ste­vie Robert­son ob­tained the ZC1­MkII field ra­dio, which once be­long­ing to a sea cadets unit, on loan from the col­lec­tion of the Dwyer fam­ily, of Dunedin.

It is the lat­est ad­di­tion com­ple­ment­ing his col­lec­tion of sev­eral dozen ra­dios, which form a back­drop to the new dis­play.

Want­ing to show the new unit off to best ad­van­tage, Mr Robert­son teamed up with dummy maker and artist Graeme Fur­ness, and sev­eral other club mem­bers do­nated el­e­ments of army uni­form.

Mr Pack­wood said the new dis­play would add to sev­eral of the tra­di­tional Her­itage Day el­e­ments pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing scone mak­ing from grain to grid­dle, sheep shear­ing and, new this year, horse shoe­ing.

Else­where in town, other her­itage or­gan­i­sa­tions will also be throw­ing open their doors, be­tween 10am and 4pm.

Sev­eral of Lawrence’s his­toric Colon­say St build­ings will be ac­ces­si­ble, along­side six his­toric homes.

The Lawrence Chi­nese Camp is open to vis­i­tors, who can also see

Lawrence Lantern Fes­ti­val’s Jimmy the dragon walk from the Prospec­tor Cafe to the camp at 1.15pm.

Bel­lview Wet­lands at the en­trance to Gabriels Gully has model boats on its pond, and eel feed­ing.

The South­land­Otago Ax­e­man As­so­ci­a­tion will con­duct a wood­chop­ping and saw­ing demon­stra­tion and, at the Lawrence Ceme­tery, his­tory talks on some of Lawrence’s no­table res­i­dents will take place.

All at­trac­tions would clearly sign­posted from cen­tre of Lawrence, Pack­wood said. be the Mr

 ?? PHOTO: RICHARD DAV­I­SON ?? Come in, vis­i­tors . . . A new World War 2 ra­dio op­er­a­tor dis­play graces the Tuapeka Vin­tage Club Mu­seum, in time for this year’s Lawrence Her­itage Day on Sun­day.
PHOTO: RICHARD DAV­I­SON Come in, vis­i­tors . . . A new World War 2 ra­dio op­er­a­tor dis­play graces the Tuapeka Vin­tage Club Mu­seum, in time for this year’s Lawrence Her­itage Day on Sun­day.

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