Friday, May 13, 2011

Eltham Town Hall Birthday photos

The 100th Birthday celebrations of the Eltham Town Hall took place on Sunday the 8th May 2011. The Hall was open for viewing of Displays from 10am. A Hall tour was held at 11am. The official opening ceremony began at 1.30pm, started by the cutting of the ribbon speeches and cutting of the cake.
Photos below.

the ribbon cutting ceremony

Gordon Lawson, Karen Christian

South Taranaki District Council MAyor Ross Dunlop 

Cutting the birthday cake

The town Crier

Looking down from upstairs

the staircase to nowhere

Below: photos taken on the day of the Toy Wall

Starks Park below

around town below

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Swainson/Woods Collection comes to a location near you.

From 8th, and 9th September, digital screens will be installed in the libraries at Waitara, Inglewood, Opunake and Eltham, and the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford. Each screen will display a selection of 25 images from the Swainson/Woods Collection including some images of service people that came from the South Taranaki area.

The Swainson/Woods Collection is one of the largest photographic collections of its kind in New Zealand. Presently it numbers at 85,000 processed images. The entire collection could reach over 125,000 once the cataloguing work has been completed.

Spanning eight decades from 1923 until the 1990s, the collection features the photographs of individuals and families, weddings, clubs, local businesses, community events and candid photographs of social events.

The public is encouraged to contribute information about the images if they recognise the people or occasions depicted, and can do so by writing in books provided at each venue or by contacting Puke Ariki.

This ongoing digital exhibition project is made possible by generous support from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. It will be regularly updated, enabling the Taranaki community an opportunity to engage with images from this unique collection.

The Swainson/Woods collection was gifted to Puke Ariki in 2005, and now that the first steps of cleaning and re-housing the material are complete, the majority of the collection is searchable and new images are added every month and available on Puke Ariki's website  

Congratulations Eltham

Congratulations Eltham

If you live in Eltham then Im sure you will have seen the mural on King Edward street painted by Ben Barrett entitled the Heritage of Eltham.  The mural was organised by the Eltham Community Development Group. 
Recently the Eltham Community Development group entered this mural in a Resene Paints mural competition.We have just heard back that this mural achieved a 2nd place in the Professional mural section. Murals were entered from all over New Zealand.
1st place was awarded to the Victory Community Association.
Pictures of the winners will be loaded onto the Resene website and facebook pages before the end of January 2011.  The links are and
Rex Hartley, Alex Ballentyne Heather Walker, Judith Rodgers Gary Rodgers
Stuart Wakeling, ? ?

 updated 6 December 2010