Saturday, 28 February 2015

Call for WWI Photos

The Otautau RSA and Otautau Museum are collaborating on a project for the war memorial to commemorate the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April. They are looking for information and photographs for the following WWI men listed on the memorial. They're also collecting photos and information on returned WWI men. If you can help with photos and info, please email the Otautau Museum. Thanks.

Leonard Allen (27426) - an Australian who was living and working in Wairio when he enlisted for the war. He was killed in action 7 Jun 1917.

Joseph Beck Ayton (61169) - lived and worked in Aparima.

James Robert Ewen Beck (49323) - horse trainer in Winton; discharged with diabetes; died at Wairio.

William George Napier Brown (22226)

William James Butler (18958) - worked in Merrivale; killed in action 14 Jun 1917.

William Clark - no information on him.

Albert Ernest Dove (9/693) - an Australian who was working in Orawia when he enlisted; died of wounds in 1918, France.

Peter Ellis (41078) - from Wairio; killed in action at Passchendaele.

Albert Walter Findlater (47016) - blacksmith in Otautau; killed in action 1918.

Michael Henry Ford (9/816) - from Heddon Bush; discharged from war and died at Heddon Bush.

Robert Emmet Ford (18983) - blacksmith at Orawia; killed at Messines.

Sydney Ford (8/3900) - Otautau farmer; killed at the Somme.

Oliver Daly Gavigan (48193) - Otautau farmer; died of wounds, 1918.

William Healey (11279) - labourer at Woodlaw; died of TB, 1918.

Peter Thomas Johnston (24/199) - from Avondale; killed at Passchendaele.

Francis Andrew Laidlaw (8/3938) - from Isla Bank; killed at the Somme, 1916.

James Duncan Laing (32862) - from Dipton; killed in action, 1918.

Arthur David Lindsay (45102) - Strathmore, Otautau, farmer; died of influenza, Invercargill, 1918.

Joseph McAfee (42688) - from Otautau; died, 1918.

Douglas Victor McCaw (71042) - farm cadet, Otautau; died of disease, 1918.

Daniel McKenzie (8/1786) - from Scotland and worked in Otautau; killed in action, 1916.

John Morris (45538) - Australian working at Scotts Gap; died of wounds, 1917.

Donald Muir (8/1808) - Scot working at Linton Park, Otautau; died of wounds, 1917.

Patrick O'Shaughnessy (36882) - from Ireland, worked in Otautau; killed in action, 1917.

Ernest John Pay (8/3996) - Ryal Bush cheesemaker; killed in action at the Somme.

Walter James Powell (18939) - from Scotts Gap; died of wounds, 1917.

Arthur John Scott - no information.

Eugene Tangney (8/492) - worked at Pukewao; died of pneumonia, Egypt, 1915.

Edward Richard Thomas (9/350) - Otautau contractor; killed at Gallipoli, 1915.

Andrew Hannah Ward (33046) - from Thornbury; killed at Passchendaele, 1917.

If you have a photo of one of these men, please email the museum. Thanks!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Feb 28th Events

Otautau is the place to be this Saturday, the 28th of February. There is the Classic Car show at Holt Park, the Three Churches Flower and Quilt Walk and, in the evening, the Classic Car Cabaret. Rock 'n Roll is the dress theme for the cabaret which will include an Elvis dance party, fundraiser auctions, prizes, photo booth, and milk bar. Come and dance or watch the fun, tickets $35 at Otautau Four Square, or ring Marg 027 331 5290.

If you would like to enter the Three Churches show, click on this link for the programme and competition schedule (pdf). Everyone is welcome, and it's all about having a go! You can enter flowers, vegetables, baking, hobbies and photography. Entries are to be in between 2pm and 6pm on Friday, 27 February at the Otautau New Life Church, corner of Queen and Chester Streets - entrance off Queen Street.

These are fundraising events that will benefit local groups like the school, pool, arboretum and the museum so please support them and have a great day.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Symons Contracting's 50th

Last Friday, Doug & Mary Symons and family celebrated Symons Contracting's 50th anniversary. Friends and associates joined in to mark the milestone at the workshop which was the perfect venue for the evening. Decorations were provided by the Western Southland Floral Art Club. Here are a few photos from the festivities.

New diggers ready for duty.


Doug & Mary Symons
Mary and Doug and the grandkids.


It's great that a local family has remained in business for so long. Here's to the next 50 years.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Rubber Duck Race

Look for the rubber duck and registration sheet at local businesses on Main Street.
The Otautau Street Party is fast approaching and preparations are well in hand. One of the newest events is a rubber duck race on the Otautau Stream organised by the Otautau Lions for Otautau United. People can register at the Main Street Cafe, SuperValue, Farmlands and other places on Main Street. Only $5 and it promises to be a lot of fun! The race will be around 7:30 pm, 12 Dec, at either the walking bridge or railway bridge. The finish line is the Main Street bridge, and people will be on hand with butterfly nets to catch the ducks as they cross the line. Be sure to register as soon as you can so you can race your duck. Prizes include a kayak, BBQ, Christmas hamper and more.

RD1 Building Progress

With a little less rain, a lot more progress is being made on the RD1 building on Main Street. The foundation is in, and the steel framing is up.
Corner view showing the front of the building on the left, and side of building facing Main Street.
Side view facing Main Street.
Back side of the building view from Rochdale and Queen Streets. The Catholic Church in the background.
It's been great watching the construction day by day. The future is looking good.