The Burkes Pass Heritage Trust - Newsletter April 03
at Rollesby’ , Bruce Alexander
‘Simple pleasures at Rollesby’ ,
Bruce Alexander Collection
Elijah and Mary Smart’s Lamp
A memorial to Elijah and Mary Smart and their family has been installed recently in St Patricks Church in the form of an elegant original lamp with a plaque in remembrance of these pioneer members of the church congregation. Their grandson Max Willetts has generously donated and installed this lamp which in earlier times hung in the family homestead at Dornie. It is delightful to think it will continue to give visitors to the church pleasure and continue the family link into the future.
Early Rollesby Photographs
A treasure trove of early domestic and farm photos taken at Rollesby have been kindly made available to the Trust by Bruce Alexander. Bruce is the great-grandson of Francis and Eugenie Hayter who made their home at Rollesby in 1883 and their family have been a huge influence in the area since. Bruce has also been a benefactor in resurveying the church grounds for us with the help of his wife Ilena and friends 2 years ago.
Thank you to The Lion Foundation
They have come up trumps and given us the finance to purchase materials for the boardwalk construction.
The Return of Cabbage Tree Flat Made Possible
Thank you also to Trees
For Canterbury who have taken on the task
of growing some
More valuable information and photos have been received about the
family of William and Jane Anniss who lived in the
cottage now owned by John and Jennifer Anderson and called by them Elm Tree
Cottage. Thank you very much to Lorraine Curnow, their granddaughter,from
Ned McGrath an old time waggonner was
very familiar with
huge loads of wool and stores with up to 10 horses in a team . He guided his
horses by voice only and did not carry reins much to the consternation of a
Timaru policeman as the team entered town. Stories and photos have been
received from Mrs Pat Roddie, his Granddaughter
Update on The Anniss Cottage Roof
Vegetation has now been cleared from the old cob walls and elderberry trees removed from the kitchen! A strategic tree is still holding up part of the living room so its life has been put on hold meantime. However the shape of the place is getting clearer and profiles have been set up for the posts to support the roof structure. The philosophy of this restoration is to establish a roof over the cob walls to halt further deterioration and then to repair the walls over time to a state where the walls can support the roof structure. Some of the posts used will be 4x4 posts that ultimately will become veranda supports in the same position. One day it may get to a completely closed in state with windows and doors. Watch this space.