Plans to boost town's allure

00:42, Jan 17 2014
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Lumsden Heritage Trust secretary Tim Hanna considers the potential of the interior of the old Lumsden Anglican Church for a museum with the emphasis on memorabilia and stories about World Wars I and II.

Significant work on heritage projects is being carried out in Lumsden as part of a move to encourage cycle tourists to spend more time in the town.

Progress on several projects has been significant during the summer with members of the Lumsden Heritage Trust working to preserve the past, promote the future and provide attractions for visitors.

The Community Board has had the old, renovated Lumsden jail moved from the camping ground to the railway station area to create a new point of interest for visitors.

Trust secretary Tim Hanna said by providing interesting displays and historic features, the trust wanted to ensure cyclists using the new Round the Mountain trail stopped in Lumsden, rather than carrying on to Queenstown.

"We have submitted a plan to Southland District Council about a static train display for the Lumsden railway station along with hopefully securing rolling stock and a diesel shunter from Wairio."

Trust members have made progress in securing the rights to recover the two V-class steam trains, built in England in 1888 and dumped in the Oreti River in 1928.


"We have progressed the business plan for relocating the original Anglican All Saints wooden church to re-purpose it as a regional war memorial museum and to host some of the events being planned to commemorate World War I," he said.

It was hoped local stories and photographs of soldiers from Northern Southland who served in World War I could be collected and displayed in a multi-media exhibition in the old church, renovated as a museum space.

Trust members were excited about the potential for positioning Lumsden as a gateway to Southland and to encourage visitors in to the area.

"We have been greatly encouraged by the support and offers of help to date such as with working bees," Mr Hanna said.

Items of memorabilia and collections of historic significance particularly relating to World War I along with railway information and old bikes to go with the bike trail theme would be appreciated, he said.

People with materials suitable for exhibits or with offers of help can contact trust chairman John Titter, treasurer Rob Scott or secretary Tim Hanna. Contact Mr Hanna on 248 7154.