Cambridge Museum writers and doers

Cambridge NZ writers and doers

Cambridge NZ writers and doers

Proofreading workshop. Members of Cambridge Historical Society, Sunday the 17th of June 2012, at Cambridge Museum, Cambridge New Zealand. Curator Eris Parker has produced a collection of photo books (nine in all I think) about folk who have written about Cambridge (my Mum and Dad are both featured) and those who have left their mark in the Cambridge Museum. There was mulled wine!!

 Gallery

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Cambridge Heritage December 2010

Cambridge Heritage December 2010
Also in our mailbox; Cambridge Heritage the monthly newsletter of Cambridge Historical Society Inc. In this issue a report on the 2010 AGM; Michael Coles’ 12/11/2010 President’s report, Monavale Homestead celebrations, La Joie market, The Norm Suckling rowing display and more. Membership of Cambridge Histoprical Society Inc is a whole $15.00 a year; you get to support the valuable work of the society and our Museum and you get the newsletter. You might even find the time to volunteer some of your time!

Cambridge Historical Society Inc. | Cambridge Museum, Old Courthouse, 24 Victoria Street, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand. cambridge-museum@xtra.co.nz | cambridgemuseum.org.nz

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – at Cambridge Museum

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

Eris Parker curator of Cambridge Museum with the museum’s women’s hat display (1950s and 60s I’m reliably informed). This photograph taken last Thursday was made for an article in today’s Cambridge Edition (October 13, 2010) promoting The High Tea Fashion Show to be held in the Cambridge Town Hall this Sunday.

Cambridge New Zealand – an historical missed opportunity

In August of 1964, shortly after my 13th birthday, in my last year at Whitehall School and before 1965’s big move to Cambridge High School, Mr Sutcliffe, our headmaster bought us older kids into town, during school time, to see the unveiling of the Fort Street plaque in that special week leading up to the Cambridge Centennial celebrations. Despite the rain and the briefness of the ceremony it is an experience I recall with absolute clarity. An historic event commemorating an historic Cambridge time and place; it enveloped me personally – vividly – in our history.

In recent days, in June of 2010, I became aware of the work to be carried out in the area we shall call the senior citizen’s hall car park – a not insignificant portion of the ‘historic precinct’ bounded by Victoria and Fort Streets and Milicich Place; the area referred to on the Fort Street plaque.

I took little notice until Wednesday (23/6/2010) when I, at last, walked over to have a look – discovering with more than just a little surprise an archaeological ‘dig’ in progress. I spoke briefly with the site manager and took this photograph of her. The significance of this began to dawn on me in the rather haphazard way that things do when you find yourself out of the loop.

Cambridge NZ dig 23/6/2010

12:19PM Wednesday, 23/June/2010

I walked away somewhat confused and with the promise to return with the means to photograph the site from on high – something it was suggested – was not in the budget. On Wednesday evening I arranged with real estate photographer Jason Tregurtha to use his high tech elevated photography rig to record the site.  Unfortunately this was not to be. I have been kicking myself for the past two days for not having had the presence of mind to ask how much longer the dig would be in progress. Returning to the site 24 hours after my first visit I found the dig all but covered over.

Cambridge Senior Citizen's Hall car park 24/6/2010

12:22PM Thursday, 24/June/2010

So, who could have exercised the foresight, the leadership, the imagination, indeed, who if anyone, has the responsibility or the authority to have grabbed the opportunity to share this with the rest of us? Not in the future, not as a report, but as it was happening.  Who has the responsibility for advocating our cultural and historical heritage? In the week we were being encouraged to celebrate voluntarism who missed the opportunity to seek docents or interpreters – even security – from our community for this project?

Here is a list of the statutory, community, ad hoc and informal offices(ers) who may or may not have had a say in this –  indeed who may have been consulted (or not) – in no particular order: Waipa District Council staff, our elected Waipa representatives, the Cambridge Historical Society Inc. (of which I am a member), the curator of Cambridge Museum, the Waipa District iwi liaison officer, the Waipa Heritage Council (an informal committee of Waipa District Council), the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the New Zealand Archaeological Association.

I feel let down by those responsible for the care and stewardship of our heritage. What a lost opportunity. Lost a teaching moment – an investment in our future.  Lost a time to savour and share – the opportunity for contemplation and reflection on our heritage. With leadership, effective communications and planning the management of this project in terms of cost, time frame and security could / should have factored community enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise into the dig for the benefit of us all.

We did the elevated shot anyway – for the record – thanks Jason.

Elevated shot Senior Citizen's Hall car park Cambridge

1:38PM Saturday, 25/June/2010 Photo credit: Jason Tregurtha open2view.com

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Cambridge Museum

Waiting for the official bit

Waiting in the front garden of Cambridge Museum at 24 Victoria Street for the ‘official opening’ of the museum’s new exhibitions layout. Today signifies a milestone in the transition begun in June 2008 of the transfer of management of the museum from the Cambridge Historical Society (who retain ownership of the collection) to our local body authority the Waipa District Council. Today’s celebration acknowledges also the centenary of the opening, in 1909, of the museum’s home since 1984 the Cambridge Courthouse.

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Cambridge history

Cambridge history

Cambridge Court House has been home to the Cambridge Historical Society since 1984. Yesterday, Monday the 23th of June 2008, the society handed the care and administration of its collection, and Cambridge Museum, to the local authority: Waipa District Council. Established in 1956 the Cambridge Historical Society Inc. retains ownership of the collection.

Personal note: Cambridge Court House was built in 1909 by my Great Grandfather Fred Potts.

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