Building in final stages

18:58, Feb 03 2014

A new building, which will give the Geraldine Historic Museum an additional 300 square metres of display area, is close to completion.

The building, which cost $600,000 and was first mooted in 2007, was built using local labour and local suppliers. The Geraldine Historical Society president Alison Hurley said the construction was in the final stages.

"The structure is complete, the painting is done and we are putting the lights and other electrics in this week," she said.

"The new structure has been integrated into other structures on the site. These include the Wharton Building, which was gifted by Margaret Wharton."

Meeting the cost of the structure was helped by an anonymous donation of $20,000, plus other donations from various regional trusts.

Mrs Hurley said the latest fundraiser was the sale of 50 weeping totara, which feature on the Geraldine coat of arms designed by Austin Dean.

"Weeping totara have a long association with Geraldine and these trees sell for $100," she said.


The Timaru Herald