Dunedin Amenities Society: Craigieburn Reserve at Tanner Road

[event information from 2013]

The Dunedin Amenities Society will be holding an open day at the Craigieburn Reserve on Saturday 10 December, starting at 10:00 am.

The open day will be the official opening of the reserve by the Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull and the launch of the heritage interpretation trail developed on site for the Dunedin public.

Gain your first glimpse of the Society’s year-long restoration that has developed an area of regional significance for Dunedin. There will be time to explore the reserve and gain insight into part of Dunedin’s unique settler heritage.

Come and enjoy this important event with the Society and embrace your pioneer spirit at Craigieburn. Billy tea and damper provided.

More Craigieburn information here.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under DCC, Fun, Geography, Heritage, Inspiration, People, Project management, Site

10 responses to “Dunedin Amenities Society: Craigieburn Reserve at Tanner Road

  1. daseditor

    My thanks to the editors of the What If Dunedin site for promoting our open day at Craigieburn. This is a very important heritage project for the Leith Valley and Ross Creek area that will give context to the historical importance of Scottish immigration and early subsistence farming in the founding of Dunedin. It also highlights a very rare piece of nineteenth century conservation that has left an outstanding biodiversity legacy to Dunedin and its citizens. In Dunedin there is considerable debate over the need to protect the heritage of our city which is under increasing pressure through development and change. The Society feels that through its work at Craigieburn it can contribute and encourage others to preserve our colonial archaeology and heritage.

    The Society look forward to welcoming your readership to Craigieburn on the 10th of December.

    Regards Daseditor
    Honorary Editor for the Dunedin Amenities Society

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Mon, 12 Dec 2011
      Reserve history brought back to life
      By Eileen Goodwin
      Craigieburn Reserve’s history was officially “reclaimed” on Saturday as it was reopened after a project to highlight its history, Dunedin Amenities Society member and project manager Paul Pope says. The society has spent nearly $200,000 to excavate and restore a milking byre, dig up artefacts, restore a stone fence and install interpretative panels. Walking tracks now linked the reserve with Ross Creek.
      Read more

  2. ### ODT Online Thu, 20 Feb 2014
    Children to learn about colonial farm
    By John Gibb
    Three hundred primary school children will soon learn more about a colonial era subsistence farm, thanks to a pilot scheme backed by the Dunedin Amenities Society. The society has joined forces with the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum to provide an education programme, starting in mid-March at the Craigeburn farm site in Tanner Rd, Glenleith.
    Read more

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Life before the climate-changing use of machinery. If the greatly talked about, not much in evidence new technologies don’t turn up this is the farm of the future, OK?

  3. Life when men were men and women worked like men. Subsistence blocks like these were common on the city’s early surveys because it was the authorities’ policy to keep wages low and land prices high. These blocks allowed poorer workers to keep small holdings to feed their families while plying their trades for wealthy landowners. Not much has changed in our economic thinking over the last 160 years really. Looking at the conditions and hardship of this lifestyle I’m not sure many would be willing to take it on nowadays. Colonial people were resilient, stoic and had incredible energy and ambition. Would modern families have the physical and mental endurance to be able to live this lifestyle? That’s why this education programme is such a great opportunity to show people some of the realities of colonial life.

    • Fantastic project, daseditor. Be praised :D

      • Thanks Elizabeth, Craigieburn is such a natural fit for Toitu and the opportunity to educate in a real life situation is fantastic. As an organisation the Society need’s to foster new young stewards of landscape, environment and heritage and this is our chance.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        Too right, Elizabeth. We’re lucky as a city to have the quietly get-on-with-it achievers, the Dunedin Amenities Society.

        If the University of Otago actually needed to sponsor anyone……..

  4. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz November 28, 2014 – 5:50pm
    Craigieburn Reserve Fund excess to go back into the community
    The Leith Valley is set to benefit from money left over in the Craigieburn Reserve Fund. More than $300,000 is available in the fund. And some of that will be used to plan further biodiversity, recreation and heritage work in the wider Leith Valley area.

  5. Won’t it be great if the individuals who get to decide where this is spent haven’t caught the OP$ virus! You know, the one that’s $$ originally extracted from Other People getting chucked around on ditzy spend-ups during which it velcro’s to certain practised OP$ attractors until its functional utility to causes claimed to be the beneficiaries receive a small portion of that other currency, “$sfa”.

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