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Upper Hutt Leader : June 27th 2012
18 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 27, 2012 NEWS Better already. No contest. 5 BOU/26420/COMM NEWS/XRAY Ask patients which they appreciate more; their new metallic alloy hip components, or the ability to finally pick the remote off the floor again and there's quite a clear answer. We know and understand it's the small things that leave a lasting impression. Talk to your doctor about coming to Boulcott, call us on 569 7555 or visit www.boulcotthospital.co.nz. 4661326AB Digital Edition Now On-line! FREE It's easy to register and it's free at www.upperhuttleader.co.nz Read the latest • complete edition of the Upper Hutt Leader online Read past issues • online The best in local news information how ever you want to receive it 3908784AA 4393297AA Upper Hutt 528 0515 Taita 970 0994 Stokes Valley 563 8260 Wainuiomata 939 5171 Newtown 389 7926 Lower Hutt 569 5792 Levin 06 368 5461 UPPER HUTT 577 Fergusson Drive, Ph 528 0515 STOKES VALLEY Scott Court, Ph 563 8260 Fast Dryers Sports Gear Duvets Mink Blankets Bedding Washers Domestic Laundry Easy Key Self Service Laundromatt 577 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt & Scott Court Stokes Valley $4.00 WASH $4.00 DRY Wash two Mink Blankets, Duvets or Woolrests for ONLY $10! DRY UP TO FOUR LOADS OF WASHING IN ONLY 20 MINUTES! Save time and electricity 4325837AJ Visitors vindicate saving cottage CELEBRATING STEAM Silver Stream Rail Museum is the only rail museum of its kind in New Zealand run entirely by volunteers, guest speaker Tom Halliburton told the Golder Cottage annual meeting. Situated on the original Upper Hutt Railway embankment, the museum is open every Sunday from 11am till 4pm. Mr Halliburton outlined the restoration work done over the years by the band of enthusiasts working to keep the romance of steam alive in the Hutt Valley, along with the nostalgia of the railcar. The era of steam in the North Island finished in 1967. The electrification of the Hutt Valley line was completed by 1955. In November of that year the Auckland Weekly News reported that with the completion of the electrification to Upper Hutt, Wellington was ''the only city in New Zealand to possess anything like a modern suburban electric system''. It observed also: ''the scheme to electrify Auckland suburbs had been deferred''. Mr Halliburton showed footage of one of the restored engines being used in the movie Home by Christmas, filmed at the Silver Stream siding, as just one example of the ongoing importance of the museum to the wider New Zealand. Unique building: Golder Cottage preserves the past for the future. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By YVONNE AIREY CONTINUED Page 20 After starting with a fight for its restoration, 25 years on the Golder Homestead Museum Society can look back with satis- faction that by their efforts they have preserved for the city of Upper Hutt a unique building at the forefront of many heritage activities. Since it opened, thousands of Hutt Valley school children (and some from as far afield as Whanganui) have visited to learn what it was like to live without electricity and an inside bathroom or toilet, while hundreds of tourists both locally and from abroad have enjoyed the Golder experience. Golder Cottage at 707 Fergusson Dr was originally named Straven and has only known the one pioneer family since it was built by John Golder in 1876 for his marriage to Jane Martin. The last family member, Theresa, moved into a home at the age of 92 and died two years later in 1988. In September 1985 ownership of the cottage was transferred to Upper Hutt City Council to ensure it would be restored and preserved as a pioneer museum. A steering committee was formed and from that the Golder Homestead Museum Society Incorporated started the work of paying for the under-floor-piles-to- rooftop restoration, raising an initial $50,000 through many community events, donations and a grant from the Historic Places Trust. Co-ordinating the project from the outset was Janice Browne (nee Golder), whose father Frank Golder was one of the 14 children raised in the cottage. She and her husband Kevin (a descendent of the Upper Hutt s first town settler James Brown) are two of the remaining original members on the committee (Kevin was building supervisor), along with long-serving secretary Janice Keys, descendant of two other local pioneer famil- ies the Craigs and the Keys. With an archives back- ground and keen interest in the history of the area, when she read the council was wavering about the viability of restoring the cottage, Janice Keys decided to join the restoration campaign, which was helped at the time by concerned local Wayne Otway, who became the first chairman.
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