Burkes Pass Heritage Trust News – September 2002
At a public meeting on May 5, and after consulting the wider community and display of the plans, urban planner Graham Densem presented ideas to make Burkes Pass a safer, more interesting, and pleasant place. Enthusiastic discussion meant the plan for the church grounds did not get an airing on this occasion.
Some of Graham’s ideas included emphasising our relationship with the past, ensuring the work was in keeping with the Heritage Walkway, the mature trees in the landscape, and the colour schemes of buildings that echo the era of the 1900s. Other suggestions included retaining the established trees and additional tree planting to provide shelter from extreme weather conditions; planting thresholds at the 80 km/h signs to signal the entrance/exit to the village and help slow traffic; and to level some of the grassed areas beside the highway. Feelings ran high on several subjects: the 80 km/h signs being a great asset but a perception of the cemetery end being too close to the village; the need for public toilets; and what to do with the ditch outside the cafe and pool area.
Some inspirational ideas emerged such as recreating Cabbage Tree Flat, a Rowan Tree avenue, and a plea to provide the village with a social centre, lost when the historic hotel was razed by fire in 1994. Another was to create round-trip walkways.
Work is progressing, finance is being sought, and negotiations have started with Transit and others to make it all happen.
A WORKING BEE; will be held on Sunday the 27th Oct to get some planting started. Bring a spade/grubber/bar if you have one, meet at Alma Cottage . Please contact me if interested in helping or just come.
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are viewed as an important part of this work, with plans in the pipeline to
create an appropriate photograph album/activity book to be placed in the
church. It is hoped to display this on an original old children’s school
desk/seat, and that the display include an old school slate. Does anyone know
where either of these items may be found? Or better still, an old
The heritage covenant and conservation plan for the church has also been started. A big thank-you to Bill Burgess who has sent the Trust copies of the original transfer documents for the land on which the church was built, the land being donated in 1871 by John Burgess. This is important archive material for the preservation of the village’s history.
Also thanks to Jan McCarthy who has made and presented the Trust with a leather hand-bound photograph album in which we can display our photograph collection.
Work has been completed on staining and polishing the four new pews – authentic replicas of the original four – and now with the staining done it is difficult to tell which are the old and which are the new pews!
St Patrick’s celebrated its 130th birthday in August and to commemorate, the trust is hosting a 130-year celebration service on Sunday, November 3, at . Reverend Peter Hurricks, who will be a familiar name to many in the district, has accepted an invitation to return to St Patrick’s and officiate on this special occasion. It is an important monument for the small wooden church and I hope you will all mark your calendar now and join us on the day. It will be a celebration of both the church and the work being done to preserve this important history. Light refreshments will be served afterwards at Alma Cottage. It would be appreciated if you could bring a plate.
Anniss Cob Ruin - to have a new roof
The walls of this
cottage which have remained steadfast after 90 years without a roof are
testimony to this building's construction. The necessary funds have recently
been pledged to allow this building to take on a new lease of life and weather
another 90 years. Anyone who can shed any light on its original form or is
aware of where an old photograph may be found please contact me and we would be
In recent weeks, much time has been spent collating information
and filling in applications for funding. Considerable funds are still required
to complete the projects outlined above that will secure
Priority work has been identified as completing the heritage walkway, giving tourists a reason to linger longer, and the threshold plantings.
The Tekapo Lions Club has generously offered to assist with labour in construction of the boardwalks necessary to establish the heritage walkway. We are delighted that they can share their expertise in this way. When finance is confirmed for purchase of materials, we will be canvassing other talent to help with the working bee.
A heartfelt thanks to Meridian Energy, which has generously flicked the switch on at St Patrick’s Church. They have given a grant to cover the reconnection and cost of an electricity supply to the church. Hopefully we will be seeing the light by November 3.
If you haven’t already, check out the web site http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~batchg/burkespass/index.htm
The pages are continually being added to and new links established
with other sites. A list of projects and there status are also on it. If you
are having trouble hooking in please contact
Membership of the Trust is open to all and new members are always welcome. Contact Margaret Walter at Dobson Lodge phone: 03 685-8316, or myself on phone 03 348-1531 email: email@example.com , or any of the trustees. In lieu of subscriptions please consider a donation to help the projects, a tax deductible receipt will be issued for amounts $5 and over.
Liz Angelo-Roxborough is still digging around for
information on those buried in the
Jane Batchelor (chairperson)
Phone: 03 348-1531 (home), 03 355-8283 (work), Fax 03 3558289
Trustees: Liz Angelo-Roxborough Jan McCarthy
03 685 8171 03 322-5171
David Reynolds David Taylor
03 329 6625 03685 8544