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The Society hosted the year 5&6 classes from Portobello School at Craigieburn today. The group walked through Ross Creek and up to Craigieburn as part of their school camp. While they were there they cleared part of the stone floor from the old barn/roadway on the main track. During their excavations nothing of any significance was found, but there was enough anticipation to keep everyone busy. Thankfully the weather cleared for Portobello… Read More

The first week of spring is a great time to shrug of the winter blues and get back into the outdoors again. The Society is undertaking a guiding tour of Craigieburn on Sunday 11th September starting at 10.30. There will be an opportunity to look at some of the artifacts from the archaeological work undertaken on the site and learn more about the use of the area as a Scottish subsistence farm…. Read More

It wasn’t the greatest of day for a walk around the city with a heavy cover of drizzle, but that’s never put Dunedin people off before. More than 200 people turned up for the Shoreline Walk as part of the Dunedin Heritage Festival 2015 on Sunday 30th August. Such a turn out was overwhelming, but pleasing at the same time. With the line of the 1848 and 1865 shoreline mapped by Matt Schmidt… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society hosted visitors to Craigieburn who were taking part in the 2014 Dunedin Scottish Festival today. The festival celebrating the unique Scottish heritage of Dunedin has been an opportunity for many to celebrate and explore the city’s Scottish roots. Craigieburn Project Manager Paul Pope gave the group a guided tour of the Craigieburn and showed the group the early life of the Rankin, Sherriff and Tanner families who settled… Read More

This week Craigieburn had a visit from some budding naturalists, explorers and outdoor adventurers. The Fantail Trails are a Dunedin based nature exploration group for children ages 0 through to junior primary school. The group undertake outdoor outings for caregivers and children to explore some of the great nature spaces in Dunedin. The outdoor walks and exploration provide a social outing for caregivers and children and create opportunities for unstructured play, getting muddy and exploring… Read More

The development of a pilot education programme with Toitu – Otago Settlers Museum is a great opportunity to bring the Craigieburn story to a new and young audience. As an organisation the Dunedin Amenities Society has a role in providing opportunities for learning with a view to developing the future landscape, environmental and heritage stewards of the future. That’s a mantle we should be prepared to pass onto others not as a burden but… Read More

The Society were pleased to host members of the Southern Heritage Trust at Craigieburn on a stunning autumn day on Saturday 13th April. The trust members took a 2 hour guided tour of the Craigieburn area with project manager Paul Pope. Trust members were very interested to hear the detailed history of the Rankin, Sherriff and Tanner families who farmed the area from 1860, and enjoyed seeing the archaeological and restoration efforts of the Society for… Read More

The Society has been awarded the Taylor Shield at the recently held Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards. It is recognition for the Society’s efforts in restoring and enhancing Craigieburn as a prominent area in Dunedin’s heritage and biodiversity landscape. A Rocha was also awarded the supreme award at the ceremony and the Society passes on its congratulations to them for their success. A Rocha has been active in planting and other work at Craigieburn and the recognition… Read More

Pupils from Balmacewen Intermediate visited Craigieburn on Monday and Tuesday this week as part of their historical studies with Sara Sinclair from the Otago Settlers Museum. The pupils, parents and staff of the school explored the reserve with Project Manager, Paul Pope and took time to consider the life of the Rankin, Tanner and Sherriff family as they developed their small farm. It was an opportunity to discuss the restoration methods used on the… Read More

It was great to have so many people make the opening of Craigieburn and to see the interest that there was in this historic part of Dunedin. To be able to share that with the community has been a very unique and enjoyable opportunity. Piper Tony Beck gave a stirring welcome to visitors, playing from the milking room floor of the byre above Ross Creek. Normally, people are asked to cut ribbons… Read More