Dan­nevirke’s Gallery of His­tory turns 30

Bush Telegraph - - TRADES AND SERVICES DIRECTORY - By DAVE MUR­DOCH GOLF CLUB Pin #9) S Ross. Win­ner of Gold Medal and Stable­ford But­ton: P Cut­tance, 66 nett and 43 stable­ford points. Medal & Vet­eran’s Tro­phy (for those mem­bers over 55 years of age): 1 P Johns 65 nett, 2 I Fraser 66 nett, 3 T Hall 66 nett

There was a crowd wait­ing for the doors to open when Dan­nevirke’s Gallery of His­tory cel­e­brated its 30th birth­day on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16.

It promised the af­ter­noon would be suc­cess­ful and so it proved, vis­i­tors trick­ling in all af­ter­noon to in­spect the great col­lec­tion of arte­facts, trea­sures and in­for­ma­tion which has been col­lected over three decades.

There was a spe­cial new dis­play of the ear­li­est pho­tog­ra­phy tech­nol­ogy and a time­line of those who had been in the busi­ness for reg­u­lar vis­i­tors seek­ing some­thing new.

While the whole af­ter­noon was mostly in­for­mal and un­struc­tured, pres­i­dent Nancy Wadsworth spoke to the group at 2.45pm, thank­ing ev­ery­one for their at­ten­dance, par­tic­u­larly the staff and some vol­un­teers who had dressed up in cos­tumes of the past.

Nancy sin­gled out four spe­cial vol­un­teers for the spe­cial skills and time they have con­trib­uted to the cur­rent run­ning of the gallery — Sharon Burl­ing for her re­search, John Win­ter for re­search and IT, Mur­ray Or­chard for car­pen­try ex­per­tise and Derek Batch­e­lor for up­keep of tools.

She then asked some spe­cial peo­ple to light a can­dle for each decade:

1988-1998 Nick Hill and Bill Gun­der­sen — both orig­i­nal com­mit­tee mem­bers,

1998-2008 Jill Mills — long­est serv­ing vol­un­teer,

2008-2018 Kathryn Jensen and Scott Bond — the two youngest vol­un­teers.

Then came the cut­ting of the cake dec­o­rated in the form of the gallery, jointly cut by found­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers Pat Ed­wards-Sex­tus and Judy Swen­son.

Each decade had its high­lights, Nancy iden­ti­fy­ing the pur­chase of the Old Court House be­ing that of the first decade, its ex­ten­sion out­doors at the rear be­ing the fea­ture of the sec­ond and the in­creas­ing use of IT to pro­mote the gallery and record its in­for­ma­tion the fea­ture of the third.

The Gallery of His­tory is al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers who can con­tribute, each ac­cord­ing to their skills and time avail­abil­ity.

Give the gallery a ring on 06 374 6300.

A good crowd stayed to have a cuppa and chat.

Found­ing Gallery of His­tory com­mit­tee mem­bers Judy Swen­son and Pat Ed­ward­sSex­tus cut the cake.

Kathryn Jensen and Scott Bond light a can­dle for the third decade.

Mayor Tracey Col­lis ar­rived late but took the chance to try out the old May­oral Chair.

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