Vintage tractor museum previews region's heritage month

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 05:00 02/11/2012
Vic Keen
LABOUR OF LOVE: Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club president Vic Keen with a restored gig donated by Les Duston of Myross Bush. The Thornbury museum will be open on Sunday for a Southland Heritage Forum gathering.

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History buffs are invited to chug along to Thornbury's vintage tractor museum on Sunday.

The museum is hosting a gathering for the Southland Heritage Forum which will preview plans for March's Southland Heritage Month.

Heritage forum steering group member Cathy Macfie said the gathering was for anyone interested in the small museums and groups working to keep Southland's history alive.

It had come out of a heritage forum weekend held in April.

"Groups said they would really enjoy the opportunity for more informal get-togethers," she said.

"Thornbury put their hands up - quite a lot of people have not had the opportunity to get out and see the vintage tractors, and they are a very active group."

The forum had submitted against an Invercargill City Council proposal to give over part of Donovan Park for housing and was delighted when the move did not go ahead, she said.

Events planned for Heritage Month included guided historic tours of Invercargill and wider Southland, while some city restaurants would have "heritage-themed" menus for the month, she said. The gathering at Thornbury starts at 4.30pm on Sunday.

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