Timaru Herald's journey in focus

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 13:18 12/06/2014
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OPEN TO VIEW: Long-serving Timaru Herald chief photographer John Bisset opens an exhibition featuring 150 significant images from the newspaper's archives at the Aigantighe Art Gallery.

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Hundreds of sausages, rather than newspapers, found eager recipients in the Timaru Herald car park yesterday.

The cold and rain did not keep people away as the newspaper celebrated its 150th birthday with a barbecue manned by editor Peter O'Neill, who sacrificed the loss of feeling in his toes for the sake of the celebration.

"There was a steady stream of people who came to the barbecue and we had a great day," O'Neill said.

The birthday celebrations kicked off with cake and tea laid out for the staff and O'Neill was presented with a framed editorial, extracted from the newspaper's first edition (June 11, 1864), by sister newspaper The Press, to commemorate the occasion.

Members of the public were invited to talk to the editor and staff and a fair few people took the opportunity to discuss their experiences with the paper.

To wrap up the celebrations, last night some of The Timaru Herald team hosted 130 customers and guests at the opening of a new exhibition at the Aigantighe Art Gallery.

The exhibition, entitled Journey Through Time, features 150 images, which are a visual representation of the journey of The Timaru Herald and South Canterbury since June 11, 1864.

The exhibition will be open to the public for three weeks, until July 4, following which the images will be sold, via silent auction, with proceeds going to South Canterbury Hospice.

"I would like to thank our readers and advertisers for their support," O'Neill said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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