Waitaki Archive Blog

Featuring thoughts and ideas from the Waitaki Archive.

  • Vigilance Committee Minutes. Collection of Waitaki Archive 28110

    The recent pandemic lockdown has been a challenging event for all of us. At Waitaki Archive we have used this time to explore a digital transcription tool called Transkribus with our dedicated team of volunteers.

  • Exploration party at Iceberg Lake. William George Grave third from left. Collection of the Waitaki District Archive. Id 169161

    Last year the Archive was fortunate to receive two wooden cases of glass photographic slides associated with the well known North Otago identity, mountaineer and explorer, William George Grave. William Grave was foremost of the second generation of explorers of western Otago.

  • North Otago Dairy Company building Collection of Waitaki District Archive 2020-20-1

    In February 2020 two historic Ōamaru buildings on Severn Street were demolished to make way for a new development. The most prominent building demolished was the Ōamaru Baptist Church, the other was the lesser known North Otago Dairy Factory Company (NODFC) building.

  • Image credit: Oamaru Baptist Church, Severn Street, Collection of the Waitaki District Archive. Id 101881

    The Ōamaru Baptist Church, Severn Street was built in 1889 as a permanent place of worship for the Ōamaru Baptist congregation. Mr Gideon Rutherford generously donated the land at section 4, block 25, Ōamaru Town along with a contribution towards the construction of the Church.

  • Collections Online

    Waitaki’s cultural collections are being launched online. Our new collections online website aims to make the art, photographs and objects of the Waitaki accessible and discoverable.

  • 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.