Heritage Week – Coming in March 2016
Heritage week is coming up in March and in keeping with that theme we at Iluvsouthland have been posting the many wonderful historic pictures we’ve been send and found on our searching on the big wide world of the internet on one of our social media accounts. We thought we’d show you some of the wonderful glimpses of history we receive as a result of the historic photos.
Everyone has a history, a heritage to be proud of, we may not all share the same heritage but we can all appreciate, respect and perhaps even learn something from each others past. Heritage Week is obviously a perfect time to perhaps reflect on your own heritage, your own history, your legacy and your family tree. It’s also a great time to learn something new, something about the past of where we live, who came before us, what did they do to shape their future, what were families like, what did the city look like? We are lucky enough in Southland to have people who keep our regions heritage alive for future generations and visitors alike. With the now annual Heritage Week firmly placed on the social calendar, we can celebrate our past like while continuing to build our future.
The Inner City Heritage Week will be held this year from March 7th to 13th, and it’s a chance to get involved and to get out and about, to mingle, to socialize – old school style!
During the Inner City Heritage Week you can take architecture walking tours around some of our beautiful historical buildings with heritage building expert Mick Hesselin. Tuesday March 8th, Dee Street tour will start at 5.30pm. Meet at the Bank Corner. And on Thursday March 10th for the Tay Street tour. Again meet at the Bank Corner at 5.30pm.
The Grand Hotel will be hosting the Heritage Week Ball on Saturday March 12th. Local talent Rhythm N Brass will be playing. If you are interested in attending, please contact email@example.com or follow them on social media (see below).
During the weeklong celebration, the city will come alive as it steps back in time with late night Friday shopping, a pop up museum, dancing and a host of other heritage activities happening around our city. Join the fun and excitement as we celebrate the heritage of not just ourselves, but that of our wonderful city. Check out the Inner City Heritage Week facebook page here for more info.
We love hearing stories (past and present) of Southlanders and thoroughly enjoy passing them on. One of the most popular posts on our social media sites in the last few weeks have been this one from 1954 during the Royal visit to Invercargill, when the Grand Hotel was the centre of attention.
Some of the comments include:
Jill, “My great uncle Tom Metcalfe was building The Grand Hotel, and was on the second floor balcony when he realized that the railing was going to fall on the people in the street below. He hooked the middle finger on his left hand in the railing and called to the people below. They moved to safety, the railing fell and his finger went with it.”
Pamela, “My mother still has me on how she couldn’t go to see the Queen because I had the measles! I have been told many times how they waved from the balcony but she wasn’t there to see it.”
June, “The Queen Mother came when we lived in Clinton in 1966. They were going to pull down the railway station but hurriedly painted it, planted flowers in the middle of the streets, all for a quick stop over.”
Sonya, “I have my late mother’s photos of the Queen and Prince Phillip outside the Grand. I remember the throne type chairs that they sat on inside. They were in a roped off area. Our family used to have Christmas dinner at the Grand and it really was grand! White starched linen cloths, silver cutlery etc. Happy days!!”As a result of The Grand Hotel photo, Jeff Olsen kindly shared his own photo of the Royal visit with us, showing a sizable crowd a little further south. Now this we love!
There is also a short film of the Royal visit which can be viewed here.
(video thanks to NZ History.net)
 Te Ara
 Jeff Olsen