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A Conservation Conundrum The Dunedin City Council is presently undertaking a review of the District Plan  and that review will mean that the Dunedin Amenities Society will also be looking at the implications of those changes. The review includes looking at creating a new open space, reserves and recreation zone which would “reflect the different types of open space and recreation areas.” The current District Plan does not recognise reserve, conservation or recreation… Read More

There are parts of Dunedin that let our city down due to litter, vandalism, graffiti and general malaise. One area that has concerned the Society for some time is the abandoned Kaituna Tennis and Bowling club on the corner of Serpentine Avenue and Maori Road. The club vacated the premises quite some time ago and the building that was on site was set on fire by vandals. This has left a waste… Read More

The Otago University Anthropology Society undertook a working field trip to Craigieburn on Saturday, the 11th of August. The Anthropology Society is a Otago University student club that gives members interested in all things anthropological to participate in field trips, training, discussion and networking with other interested members. The field trip to Craigieburn gave the club an opportunity to undertake field studies including sketching and measurement of the byre and Mrs Sherriff’s house site on Tanner Road. Craigieburn is an… Read More

It was with considerable concern that the Society read of the plight of two of the trees growing in Anzac avenue. The Avenue trees are an important landscape and heritage feature of the city that dates back to the work of prominent New Zealand architect Edmund Anscombe and the development of the 1925-1926 New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition. Edmund Anscombe was an important figure in the architectural and town planning industry at both a… Read More

Two generations of the descendents of Elizabeth Sherriff visited Craigieburn recently to view the restoration works being undertaken by the Society. Mrs Sherriff’s grand-daughters Nora Burgess and Ethel Templeton along with Ethel’s daughter and Elizabeth’s great grand-daughter Robin Bennie spent time at the site looking at various restorative works being undertaken. Their impression was enthusiastic and they spent time discussing their own memories of the former dairy farm. It was the first time Ethel had… Read More

The Craigieburn heritage project took another step forward last week with the completion of new track stairs by Delta contracting staff. The stairs have greatly improved a steep and dangerous area of the track from the old ruin into the rimu forest. Previously,  the area had been a very steep and slippery section that limited the ability of people to walk safely down into the rimu area. The stairs are part of the Craigieburn development project… Read More

Students from Portobello School had the opportunity to learn more about colonial life on their recent visit to Craigieburn last week. Nearly 50 children from years 4-8 and their teachers and parents braved the elements to explore the workings of a real archaeological excavation and restoration. The visit coincided with Portobello School’s work on “being an historian” and learning more about early colonial life in New Zealand.  The children were able to look… Read More

The restoration of the old ruin at Craigieburn is moving into its third stage as the final pieces of the archaeological jigsaw are moved into place. The little ruin has always been puzzling, was it the settlers original dwelling or did the building have another purpose? With the removal of the large tree in the north-west corner excavation has been able to be undertaken to look for the foundations of the original front wall… Read More

Phase two of the restoration of the old building at Craigieburn was completed successfully this morning. The removal of several large trees was undertaken from around the stone structure yesterday, and a large broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis) stump was removed from the western corner of the structure this morning. Grant Webber from John Clearwater Contracting has had experience on operating in archaeological areas before and he showed a deft touch with the digger… Read More

Contractors from Asplundh removed several trees from the old building ruin on the walking track at Craigieburn Reserve this morning. The trees were growing through the stone walls of the earliest building on the historic site and needed removing to allow for much-needed preservation works to begin. While it was sad to see the removal of these specimens from the site it is critical for the long-term preservation and care of this fascinating… Read More