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Queenstown Historical Society

Queenstown Historical Society

For 50 years this feisty society has been protecting, promoting and celebrating our vibrant history.The first campaign saved Queenstown’s much-loved former stone library from demolition.

We publish magazines and books, organise activities for members, and monitor developments so that our heritage is protected for the future.

Our Queenstown Heritage app features 64 historic sites from Arrowtown to Queenstown:
- Free information about each site, plus optional pay-for articles.
- Now available for android phones.
- Find it at http://qur.io/aaaQDHS

Website: http://www.queenstownhistoricalsociety.org.nz
Email: marionborrell@hotmail.com

A Hotel in Our Gardens? History of the Queenstown Gardens Part 3
Queenstown Gardens Part 2: From Local Park to Tourist Attraction

Queenstown Gardens Part 2: From Local Park to Tourist Attraction

29 Jan 2018 - Queenstown Historical Society

In 1867 when the eager townsfolk set about planting trees in their new Gardens reserve, they were probably thinking of the benefits such a park would have for their fledgeling town. Few would have predicted a future in which the Gardens would contribute to the attractions of an international tourist resort.
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Queenstown Gardens – A Potted History of 150 Years, Part 1

Queenstown Gardens – A Potted History of 150 Years, Part 1

1 Dec 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

Three cheers to the far-sighted colonists who in 1867 set aside the peninsula for a public park.
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Kawarau Falls Dam – Where’s the gold?

Kawarau Falls Dam – Where’s the gold?

8 Oct 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

In 1924 when work began on the dam it was expected to take three months, but in fact, it took 21 months and incurred huge cost overruns. These were not good omens, but were largely ignored except that Otago Daily Times noted that the local residents had been regarding the scheme ‘somewhat oddly and critically.’ With good reason.
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Building Kawarau Falls Dam-Bridge: With Not a Crane or Hi-Vis Vest in Sight

Building Kawarau Falls Dam-Bridge: With Not a Crane or Hi-Vis Vest in Sight

19 Aug 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

It’s not only small boys who are fascinated by seeing men and machinery at work...
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Rush to Invest in the Kawarau Falls Dam! Fortunes assured!

Rush to Invest in the Kawarau Falls Dam! Fortunes assured!

19 Jun 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

What if riverbeds were dry so that the gold could be reached easily? In 1867 when the Kawarau River was very low, rich un-worked gold deposits were exposed below Kawarau Falls...
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Crossing Kawarau Falls – or not

Crossing Kawarau Falls – or not

4 Apr 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

Let’s take a moment to review the history of the Falls...
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Celebrity English writer visited Queenstown

Celebrity English writer visited Queenstown

3 Feb 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

Anthony Trollope 1872 he came, he saw, he commented.
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No Cars Allowed on Frankton Road

No Cars Allowed on Frankton Road

14 Dec 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

As we fast approach another busy season, lets reflect on how our ancestors moved around Queenstown...
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The Herstory of Rebecca Bond: Widowing On

The Herstory of Rebecca Bond: Widowing On

9 Nov 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

The rigours and temptations of colonial life resulted in many widows. With no state welfare system, they...
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First elections in Queenstown and Arrowtown – A Tale of Two Towns

First elections in Queenstown and Arrowtown – A Tale of Two Towns

30 Sep 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

The first elections were major events which created strangely different situations...
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DIY Real Estate: The First Housing Shortage in the Wakatipu

DIY Real Estate: The First Housing Shortage in the Wakatipu

17 Aug 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

There was not just a shortage but a non-existence of housing when the first colonial farmers arrived here to settle...
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A Wintry 36-Hour Day for the TSS Earnslaw in the 1930s

A Wintry 36-Hour Day for the TSS Earnslaw in the 1930s

18 Jul 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

This day started as usual, with the TSS Earnslaw setting off on its scheduled run up the lake...
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Early Days of Skiing on Coronet Peak

Early Days of Skiing on Coronet Peak

21 Jun 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

As we welcome the ski season for 2016, let’s consider how the ski-field came to be...
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Skippers: The Lure of Gold – and now History

Skippers: The Lure of Gold – and now History

17 Apr 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

Further to the previous blog, we now shift to the Shotover River where Thomas Arthur and Harry Redfern have been given the credit to finding the goldfield...
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Bill Fox – Whofoundit? Whodunit?

Bill Fox – Whofoundit? Whodunit?

20 Mar 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

Bill Fox and a companion find their way to the gorge. Like every other arrival they are sworn to secrecy...
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Old Grandstand Survives Beside Frankton Airport

Old Grandstand Survives Beside Frankton Airport

20 Feb 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

Our airport is a scene of constant expansion and construction, but one simple stone building in Lucas Place has endured since 1864...
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Salute to the Arrow Irrigation Scheme

Salute to the Arrow Irrigation Scheme

16 Jan 2016 - Queenstown Historical Society

In the early days from the late 1800s farmers realised that irrigation would greatly boost production of crops and winter feed...
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Our THEN and NOW wall calendar for 2016

Our THEN and NOW wall calendar for 2016

21 Dec 2015 - Queenstown Historical Society

Each month presents places and people with old and new photos telling a story of change and continuity.
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