History society makes history

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It’s a feat of history itself.

Queenstown and District Historical Society has produced the 100th edition of its official publication, the Queenstown Courier

It’s come out as a booklet, Stories of Wakatipu, comprising 66 well-illustrated extracts from past editions.

These cover eight themes – the exploration of the Wakatipu, the gold rush, memorable pioneers, life in early settlements, farms and farming, changes in land travel, lake shipping, and community facilities and local disasters.

Each extract also comes with references to related articles in online editions.

Board member Danny Knudson compiled the collectors’ edition, and at its launch, at the society’s recent AGM, was also made a life member.

In the last chapter, he relates that the first Courier was printed in February, 1966, and was edited by the late Marygold Miller.

A prominent local, Miller also edited the following 15 editions.

For the publication’s first 25 years, it was stencil-typed and Gestetner-copied before photo-copying became available.

For the first 66 editions, the covers were drawn by artists – the first cover, a sketch by the late Douglas Badcock, featured a coach-and-four leaving Eichardt’s Hotel.

The cover of the 100th edition is a painting of the historic Earnslaw steamship, watched over by the Remarkables, by Queenstown artist Tai Ward-Holmes.

Three other special issues have been published – Early Queenstown, by the late Alan De La Mare, in 1987, Edith Cavell: a bridge and bravery, by Knudson, in 2012, and Knudson’s book on the society’s first 50 years, History Alive, in 2015.

Stories of Wakatipu is for sale for $20 at Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum.

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