Landmark day for historical society

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 08/11/2012
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TURNING TURF: Geraldine Historical Society patron Alice Robinson, left, and Geraldine Licensing Trust member Sue Payne turn the turf in preparation for the society's museum extensions.

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Geraldine Historical Society has reached another milestone in its quest for expansion.

The society moved into the next phase of its project on Tuesday, with a "turning of the turf" ceremony.

Society president Alison Hurley announced the project had officially moved into its development phase - three years after it was proposed.

She said the project was the work of many people in the community and thanked them for their generosity.

"To all of you who have contributed to the project - thank you, because without you it wouldn't have happened.

"A special thanks to all the people who donated money, whether it be 10 cents or $100,000."

The project had raised $400,000 so far, enough to get the framework of the building under way, she said.

More than 30 people attended the turning of the turf ceremony at the museum's Cox St site on Tuesday, including trust members, donors and the general public.

Trust patron Alice Robinson was one of them.

Mrs Robinson, who helped turn the turf, said the project was a "huge vision" of her husband, David.

"Thank you indeed, to everybody that's helped," she said.

A special mention was also made regarding the support the late Geraldine ward councillor and district deputy mayor Michael Oliver had given to the project.

Building consent was granted in July for the work, which includes a two-storey extension west of the museum.

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