Waitaki District Archive Blog

  • Perry Family donation, Waitaki District Archive 2017-206

    The Perry family have had a long and remarkable association with North Otago. Benjamin Perry was a quarry owner and the proprietor of the Empire Hotel from 1885 until prohibition began in Oamaru in 1905.

  • 2015/330.237 Contract for the design and erection of Craig's Fountain, Oamaru Gardens

    The magnificent Craig's fountain occupies a focal point near the main entrance to the Oamaru Public Gardens. Officially opened during the Floral fete on 13 April 1914, the fountain was purchased with bequest funds of 500 pounds from the estate of prominent Oamaru timber merchant James Craig.

  • Waitaki District Archive 30th Anniversary

    30 years ago on the 15 May 1987 the Archive extension to the North Otago Museum was opened by then Minister of Tourism Mike Moore.

  • Sir Ernest Rutherford visit to Waitaki Boys High School 1925, Waitaki District Archive P0030.36.3

    Ernest Rutherford and Frank Milner met during Milner’s first year at Nelson College. It was the start of a friendly association that lasted until Rutherford’s death in 1937. Although Rutherford was four years older than Milner the two shared an intellectual bond.

  • Heather Sutton and Waitaki District Archive curator of archives Chris Meech with diaries from Waitangi Station, which date from the 1880s to the 1970s. The diaries have been donated to the archive by Mrs Sutton. Photo by Daniel Birchfield. Courtesy of the Otago Daily Times

    Jane Macknight, Director of the Gallery, Museum, Archive is delighted to announce a substantial gift from the Sutton family – the complete record of the Waitangi Station, from the late 1880s to 1970s through its farm diaries.