Archival space for township

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Hawea’s history will be preserved thanks to a new archives room built in the basement of the Lake Hawea Community Centre.

Local historian Barbara Chinn said a $1000 donation from The Hawea Community Charitable Dip Trust plus a further $1000 grant from the Contact Epic community fund enabled her to buy file boxes, a scanner and computer equipment for the room.

The room was created with the help of Doug Brenssell, of Hawea, who installed shelving and a desk for the space.

Historical records could now be properly sorted and stored, Mrs Chinn said.

The local records included minutes of the Hawea Development Association, Guardians of Lake Hawea and the Hawea Cricket Club, which originally built the community centre.

“[The] organisations have actually left their minutes and their records just down below, and they need to be sorted out.”

The records started in the early 1980s when development of the Lake Hawea township began.

This was due to two local families– the Muirs and the Capells – subdividing land for sale, opening up the area for people to buy holiday homes.

“First of all holiday homes were built, and later on people came to live here permanently, so we’ve got quite a big retired population.”

One local family’s historical records, dating back several generations, were part of the archive, and Mrs Chinn encouraged others who had local historical records or photographs to consider lodging them at the archive.

“These records at Hawea will eventually be scanned, and shared with the Upper Clutha Historical Records Society,” Mrs Chinn said.

“This township and the residents here need to have a voice that is heard by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

“Most of the development association and community association records are to do with those sorts of things, contacting the local council and having a voice.”

People who have items they wish to be held in the archives, can contact Mrs Chinn at (03)443-4333 or b.chinnhawea@gmail.com