Redevelopment Update - July 2018

The two macrocarpa posts flanking the main entrance to the new annexe were donated by the Dempster property at Flag Swamp.


The new centre, built from weatherboard, has the appearance of a "traditional" building and fits in well with the adjacent 1869 Grade One listed bank building.


The fence palings are being made and installed by the Firewood Fundraising Team.


The 400sq m annexe will house a reception area, displays of interest to locals and visitors, collection storage and conservation, a workshop, staff room and public research facilities.


The floor slab of the new annexe is a rib raft type with underfloor hydronic heating cast into the slab.



August 2017 - The earthmover & archaeologist have been very busy cleaning the site before foundations are excavated.


The large and plentiful stumps were a big surprise.


The site of an 1870's toilet.


The back door to Kildare St pathway - the bank indicates just how much Kildare St has risen since 1869.


Another hidden pathway.


Site archaeologist Phoebe cleaning away the original stable floor.


24 August 2017 - sod turning with the golden spade (Bill Lang, Mary Brockbank, Hazel Hagan, June Rapson, Allan Hagan)


Life members Mary Brockbank & Hazel Hagan turn the first sod, surrounded by family and WCHC Committee members, 24 August 2017


Phoebe, site archaeologist, cleaning up for recording what turned out to be an early unusual field drain - September 2017. Most of the bricks are believed to have come from Hurndell's brick yard in Palmerston, although odd ones may have come from a pit in Waikouaiti School grounds.

This style of drainage using terracotta bricks or tiles dates back to the Romans & Greeks.

Laying of the concrete slab, Friday 8 December 2017

Justin & the boys from Quantum Concrete laying first truck load at 6am

Good progress underway...

All concrete laid, a big moment for all concerned planning & raising funds for the past seven years.

Tracey from Southern Steel Building wetting the slab to help prevent cracking due to warmish day.