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Dunedin Events: Gasworks150 + Heritage Impact150

Heritage Impact150

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the first production of town gas in New Zealand. This event took place at the Dunedin Gasworks which operated from 1863 to 1987, being the last gasworks to close in New Zealand.

The Gasworks played a significant role in Dunedin’s industrial, economic and social growth during its operation.

Today the Gasworks Museum forms a distinctive part of Dunedin’s industrial legacy and raises important issues about how industrial heritage can be sustained in the light of national and international experience.

As part of the celebrations the Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust is planning a series of events to commemorate the significance of this anniversary.

Two major events are planned:

1. HERITAGE IMPACT150 – Industrial Heritage SYMPOSIUM
A three-day event to be based at Otago Settlers Museum. The symposium will bring together people with expertise and an interest in industrial heritage including archaeologists, architects, archivists, curators, engineers, historians, local government leaders, planners, sociologists, and those involved in tourism, heritage maintenance and restoration.

2. GASWORKS150 – Community FESTIVAL
The festival supported by funding from the Dunedin City Council will bring together the Dunedin community to celebrate the anniversary at the Gasworks Museum. The event is in its initial planning stages and will have an art and cultural focus including a celebration of dance, art and photographic exhibitions. There will be a market day, museum open days, and a competition for senior secondary school students involving an Industrial Heritage research project.

The Call for Contributions to the Industrial Heritage Symposium HERITAGE IMPACT150 can be downloaded at www.gasworks150.org.nz

The website will be updated regularly.

What Can You Do To Help?
1. We have a wide distribution network based on our database, if you know of anyone or any organisation that may be interested in the symposium please ask them to contact us or visit www.gasworks150.org.nz
2. Talk to colleagues and help distribute news of the symposium and associated events.
3. Submit a proposal for contributions before 31 March 2013.
4. Encourage colleagues to join our newsletter list.

Contacts for further information:

Ann Barsby
Symposium Convenor
Heritage Impact150
Phone: +64 (0)3 479 0169

Craig Bush
ExcellentEvents NZ Ltd
PO Box 327, Dunedin 9054
Phone: +64 (0)3 477 8048
Mobile: 021 890 095

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Dunedin Gasworks Museum

The Dunedin gasworks became New Zealand’s first city gasworks in 1863 and was the country’s last to operate when it closed in 1987.

### ODT Online Sat, 12 Feb 2011
Mayor commends gasworks efforts
By John Gibb
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is “hugely important” both internationally and for the city’s own history, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says. After addressing more than 100 people at a function at the museum on Thursday evening, Mr Cull officially opened the museum’s restored and redeveloped fitting shop. The main $900,000 restoration and redevelopment project was completed in December.
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One of only three such working sites in the world, Dunedin Gasworks Museum offers a unique industrial heritage experience.

“In our Victorian boiler room, we still generate the steam power that drove the system. See New Zealand’s oldest beam engine at work among our massive steam-powered pumps and purifying equipment. Experience the story of this vintage machinery.”

Open every Tuesday and the first and third Sundays of every month.
Hours: 12 noon to 4pm.
Group bookings are welcome at any time.

20 Braemar Street, South Dunedin
(near South Dunedin Warehouse and Pak’N Save)

Phone: (03) 455 5063
Email: info @gasworksmuseum.org.nz

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D Scene – No new #DunedinSlogan


We like Dunedin’s self-deprecatory humour. Not to be defeated, the new #DunedinSlogans campaign – why have just one – will be mounted by the united citizens of Dunedin. We will make the T-shirts! Shame on our father figures for piking out. See D Scene’s page 7: a cautionary tale that is almost certainly to be about what to do in an emergency, or when the Civic Centre floods and loses *power*. Was there something about a marketing and communications plan…

### D Scene 2-6-10
They’re building our stadium right here (page 1)
Dunedin building firms are dismayed after an Auckland company beat them to the punch for a stadium carpentry contract. See page 3.

Register to read D Scene online at http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/

City workers promised jobs (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
An Auckland company has won the carpentry contract on the Forsyth Barr (Otago) Stadium, but is promising Dunedin workers jobs. In a decision last week, a joint carpentry tender put by local companies ABL (Amalgamated Builders Ltd) Lund Construction, was dumped in favour of Auckland company Wallace Construction.
The decision had made things difficult for the ABL-Lund joint venture. About 30 local workers would have been employed on the stadium carpentry teams.
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Rail contract battle not over says MP (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says the battle to convince KiwiRail to build new carriages for Auckland’s rail system at its Hillside and Woburn workshops is not over.
Curran yesterday repeated her call for an independent assessment of the capacity at Hillside and Wellington’s Woburn workshop.
A rally in support of Hillside and its workers will be held next Tuesday. A march will start from the Dental School at 11.30am, and will be followed by speeches in the Octagon.
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Council dumps idea for new slogan (page 7)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin embarked on a slogan-seeking exercise in January. So, where the bloody hell is it?
City marketing and communications agency manager Debra Simes declined to comment whether a slogan would remain as part of the new brand, but said her team was in the throes of finalising its marketing and communications plan.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Your say: Letters to the editor
I can see clearly now by Lyndon Weggery, Dunedin
My thanks to Jimmy Jones (D Scene 26/5/10) for making it crystal clear that the latest so-called consultation exercise on South Dunedin Retail strategy is nothing more than a Parking Section smokescreen to do away with limited free-time parking in King Edward St.
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A building of memories (pages 9-10)
By Mike Houlahan
Dunedin Gasworks Museum has won a race against time to restore another building at the industrial heritage complex. The fitting shop at the Dunedin Gasworks has led a charmed liife. Now it is almost fully restored.
Dunedin City Council this week agreed to fund a $345,000 shortfall for restoration work on the Gasworks’ fitting shop.
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is open every first and third Sunday of the month from midday until 4pm, and every Tuesday from midday until 4pm.
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Dunedin TV has plenty to celebrate (page 11)
By Wilma McCorkindale
DNTV2 made its first broadcast on July 31, 1962 – its half century anniversary is still two years away … Telvision New Zealand’s last Dunedin station manager, Russell Garbutt, said no matter which way one measures it, Dunedin was one of the most productive television regions in the country.
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Dunedin City Council preserves Dunedin Gasworks Museum

A fine example of what the council is doing for Dunedin’s heritage tourism.

### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
Former glory re-emerging at South Dunedin site
By John Gibb
Through restoration work, a beautiful old building at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum is emerging from what was once a sagging collection of bricks which engineers had warned was in danger of collapse.

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Open Lecture by Sir Neil Cossons – “Preserving the genius of engineering”

“Without the creative genius of engineers life for most of us would be less worthwhile.” In this lecture Sir Neil Cossons considers how the engineering record of achievement is being preserved throughout the world as part of tomorrow’s heritage and as a testament to engineers and engineering. This record is to be cherished as an inspiration for the future.

– Sir Neil Cossons is the former chair of English Heritage, an internationally renowned advisor on heritage policy and management, and a patron of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum.


A celebration for the recipients of the –
David Cox Memorial Award 2009
“To recognise and encourage excellence on the restoration, conservation and continued use of historic buildings and structures in Otago”

The awards will be presented prior to the lecture. All welcome.

WHEN – Monday 23 November 2009
WHERE – Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
WHAT TIME – 7:00 pm

This is an Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference Event in conjunction with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.


“The gasworks is part of Dunedin’s and the whole world’s heritage. It tells part of the global story – and the whole of the rest of the global story has gone.”

### Channel 9 News November 18, 2009 – 5:48pm
Dunedin Gasworks Museum seen as historically significant as Stonehenge
One of Dunedin’s newest museums was visited today by one of its Patrons, who says it’s an example of our city leading the world. Sir Neil Cossons is the former Chair of English Heritage, and a proud current Patron of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum, which he sees as being as historically significant as Stonehenge or The Pyramids.


Dunedin became home to one of the most exceptionally preserved gasworks museums in the world, when the Engine House Dunedin Gasworks Museum opened on 3 February 2001. The museum exhibits unique collections of working gas and steam technology. The Dunedin Gasworks was New Zealand’s first when it opened in 1863 and the last when it ceased production in 1987. At the peak of its production in the 1970s over 18,000 customers received coal gas through an intricate system of underground mains extending throughout the city and suburbs.
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Dunedin Gasworks Museum
20 Braemar St, South Dunedin
Organisation: Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust (03) 455 5063
Open first and third Sundays of each month, 12 noon – 4:00 pm
Light admission charges apply to non members.

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