Plaque honours legacy of modest man

20:40, Jun 15 2014

A memorial plaque has been unveiled for a man whose lasting legacy will be the camp his family was the driving force behind.

Murray Gunn, who died a few weeks ago aged 89, was farewelled by family and friends at a memorial service in Te Anau on Saturday. The service, attended by more than 150 people, was followed by the unveiling of a plaque at Gunn's Camp in the Hollyford Valley. Gunn took over the running of the camp in 1955 and began a museum, after his father, Davey, drowned. He ran the camp for 50 years before retiring.

Hollyford Museum Charitable Trust chairman Ron Peacock said Gunn probably would have not wanted a plaque, because he was such a modest person, but his work at the camp could not go unrecognised. "This is now another part of the history."


The Southland Times