Barbara Else

Barbara Else, author, literary agent, editor, fiction consultant and playwright, is the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust’s guest writer for the 2019 Readers and Writers weekend.

Oamaru Library
25 January 2019 - 6:00pm
Fluming in Glen Street, 1917. Photograph. Waitaki District Archive 349.

The early story of electricity supply in Oamaru is a small commemorative display marking 100 years of the Waitaki electricity scheme.

North Otago Museum
12 November 2018 to 15 February 2019
Forrester Gallery reopening 31 January 2019

The Forrester Gallery will remain closed until 31 January so that further investigative and remediation work can be completed. The summer exhibition programme will resume at that point.

Forrester Gallery
12 December 2018 to 31 January 2019

An Arts on Tour NZ show.

Oamaru Opera House
27 March 2019 - 7:30pm
Colin McCahon: from the collection

Colin McCahon is New Zealand’s most famous modernist painter. The Forrester Gallery has a small but significant collection of works by McCahon.

Forrester Gallery
31 January 2019 to 17 February 2019

"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester visitor book)


Do you love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Come along to the BookChat group at Palmerston Library! We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.

Colin Wheeler

Does everyone see the same thing? What do you see when you wander around the historic harbour area of Oamaru? Do you even really look?

Forrester Gallery
31 January 2019 to 17 February 2019

"There are many moments in the day when I wish time could stand still and I could take the girls out of school and just hang out, with daily visits to the library"
Jan (email comment)

Epitaph biography

Epitaph is a series of biographical sketches produced by the North Otago Museum and Archive to commemorate local identities.

Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle & Rhyme is an active movement programme for 0-2 year olds and caregivers.

It runs Fridays during term times from 10:30-11:00am at The Oamaru Opera House.

10th Regiment North Otago Rifles Cap badge North Otago Museum 79/726

The 11th of November 2018 is the centennial of the World War One Armistice. An armistice is a truce. Opposing forces might agree to an armistice while they work out peace terms.

Tākaro: Play @ wonderlab

Tākaro is a fully interactive exhibition featuring a paua shell play house, a giant puzzle, marble run, weaving and games.

Forrester Gallery
31 January 2019 to 20 April 2019

"Excellent assistance, I found exactly what I wanted. Many thanks."
-Stephen (Archive visitor book)

Puzzle Club

Love to do jigsaw puzzles and want to meet others?

Come to the Community Space at the Oamaru Library, keep warm this winter and indulge your passion in puzzling.

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library!
Ages 7 and up. Limited places available.

Image: WWI Victory Medal (detail), Collection of the North Otago Museum 85/129

Armistice Day. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

North Otago Museum
12 November 2018 to 15 February 2019

"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (Forrester visitor book)

Sharon Mitchell - Reflections from The Lion King

Self-taught Figurative Cloth Doll Artist, tutor and pattern maker Sharon Mitchell has been inspired by the story of the Lion King for her first exhibition at the Forrester Gallery.

Forrester Gallery
9 March 2019 to 21 April 2019