This week in Mountain Scene history


1975 Celebrated Scottish entertainer Andy Stewart plays to a three-quarters full house at Queenstown’s Memorial Hall. Tickets are $4.90 for adults and $2.60 for senior citizens or child­ren. Stewart – whose biggest hit is the spoof Donald Where’s Your Troosers – is later criticised by some in the audience for not singing enough Scottish classics. 

1985 An advertisement for Southland Building & Investment Society, now SBS Bank, offers 18.5 per cent interest for six-month term deposits. By comparison, SBS Bank’s current six-month term deposits earn 4.35 per cent.

1995 Gibbston Valley Wines managing director Alan Brady announces the development of a wine cave, the first in the district. 

2001 Queenstown Medical Centre opens its new purpose-built three-storey complex in Isle Street, developed by Maori iwi Ngai Tahu. The medical partnership will be enlarged to 12 GPs, partner Hans Raetz says, and QMC hopes to work in with regional health providers in future. 

2005 Local vets are having to put down Alaskan malamute dogs because naive Queenstowners can’t handle them. Dog trainer Gary Wulff knows of two malamutes put down in the past three weeks – and owners of two other malamutes have also called him, wanting to give their dogs away. Hard­working malamutes are ideal for hauling sleds but are also hard work as pets because they require three times the amount of exercise and twice the feed of other breeds.