Tomorrow is the last day of the Timaru Herald's 150th anniversary exhibition, Journey Through Time, at the Aigantighe Art Gallery, which has seen gallery staff rushed off their feet.
The photographic exhibition, which started on June 11, to celebrate the start of the newspaper on that day in 1864, had recorded 2698 visitors by yesterday with just two days to go.
The exhibition features 150 photos capturing the news through the years. They can be purchased through a silent auction. By yesterday morning 152 bids had been received.
A photo of snow on the Bay Hill during the 2006 big snow had received eight bids. More than half the images on display have attracted at least one bid.
Collection curator Cara Fitzgerald said in the visitors' book people had been commenting on the "good memories" and tourists had appreciated the photography.
Last Sunday was the busiest day, with 385 visitors in four hours, an average of 96 an hour. "It's been really wonderful."
She attributes the success of the display to the nostalgia it engendered, its reflection of the South Canterbury community over the years and people enjoying seeing themselves.
"It was great to collaborate with Fairfax, The Timaru Herald, Timaru Library and South Canterbury Museum," she said.
Tomorrow is also the last day for bids in the silent auction.
The Aigantighe is open from 12pm to 4pm and all proceeds from the auction will go to South Canterbury Hospice.
- The Timaru Herald