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.

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