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Otautau Museum & Heritage Trust

País / Country: New Zealand 
Depto / Estado / Provincia - Department / State / Province: Southland
Ciudad / Municipio / Pueblo - City / Municipality / Town: Otautau
Dirección Postal / Address: 146 Main St
Teléfono / Phone: 027-211-4675
Correo Electrónico / E-mail: collections.otautaumuseum@gmail.com
Director: Tania Beck, Chairperson and Suzie Best, Collections Manager/Archivist
Aspectos Relevantes / Relevant aspects: Our largely photographic collection documents the history of Otautau & Districts. Featured on eHive is a small selection of the items we have available at our Museum, where we have revolving displays on various theme's of our Town & District History.
Servicios / Services: We also have a growing collection of family history resources along with local area archives, featuring Businesses, Community Groups, Sports Clubs, Recreational Activities, Local Council History, Schools & Educational Facilities and more.
Historia / History: The Otautau Museum is housed in the old Otautau Courthouse.Tenders for a brick design were finally called for in April 1908, and a tender for between £1,100 and £1,200 given to contractors Thomson & Georgeson of Invercargill, who moved their factory and entire families to Otautau to undertake the contract. They began construction in June 1908. In the early 1980s the Justice Department declared the courthouse was surplus to its requirements. The Wallace County Council eventually acquired it and used it for the Otautau Library. Later it was sold to the Otautau Heritage Trust. It was used for meetings, exhibitions, and workshops by the Otautau & District Creative Arts Trust and the Otautau Museum Trust and according to the museum is one of Otautau’s oldest buildings. In 2018, the Heritage Trust and Museum Trusts combined into one Otautau Museum and Heritage Trust, both owning the building and running the Museum.
Horario de atención / Office hours: Collection Manager/Archivist available on site most Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10am-2pm, but please phone, email or Twitter message first. Displays and Exhibitions closed for winter, we will re-open in September 2019 with a new show, details supplied later. For research, please contact us as above.
Redes institucionales a las que pertenece / Institutional networks to which it belongs: Museums of Aotearoa
Tamaño de la Colección / Collection Size: Over 6,500 photographs currently documented, with more collections being added all the time. Archives measuring around 5m2 are collated but not yet indexed. Over 100 settlers have at least a basic family history compiled, with over 50 full family histories available, along with business, building and farm ownership being compiled for the town and surrounding areas. Approx. 400 objects of local and area significance are either on display or available for research purposes.
Temas de la Colección / Subjects of the Collecction: Social History and Family History.
URL del Catálogo/ Catalogue's URL: https://ehive.com/collections/3370/otautau-museum 
 
Redes Sociales / Social Networks:
Twitter: @OtautauT

 

Quien reporta / Registered by: Suzie Best, Collections Manager
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