Yesterday afternoon the museum hosted the DCC South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy – Issues and Opportunities Consultation meeting. Council staff, along with many councillors met members of the South Dunedin community to gain and promote ideas and wish lists for the South Dunedin retail centre. Members of the museum trust were also on hand to promote our activities. Several of the steam engines were operating.
Tonight a nominated Trustee attended the South Dunedin Lorne street development consultation meeting on behalf of the GWM.
Great to network with South Dunedin business and community organisations, and to confirm our commitment to the welfare and development of South Dunedin.
Open day today with the steam engines operating. The weather gods smiled on us and we had a good response from the public. Trust Board stalwart Ann Barsby made pikelets, cooking with gas of course, and the visitors reported an enjoyable and enlightening experience.
A small turnout at today’s open day, as the weather was miserable, most sensible patrons would have stayed home in bed!
Never-the-less, open day continued and, not only do we have operating Edwardian steam engines at the museum, sometimes we maintain them using vintage tools and machinery. Today we took the opportunity to finish restoration of our Drummond round-bed lathe. Originally a treadle operated machine, it has been motorised. Needless to say, we have kept all functions other than motive power, as original. It was great to see the old girl in operation again. A web search has discovered production records for these machines, and next open day we will confirm the origin of our machine.