Friday, February 10, 2012

Matanaka Farm Buildings

We went for a drive out to Waikouaiti to see the Matanaka farm buildings,it was a short walk to the site,which was situated on a fairly exposed location, nearly got blown away.Dad had been to this site previously & taken some photos & since then vandals have been & smashed quite a few panes of glass.After taking a few photos of the school house & stables we stopped at Waitati for lunch.Once we got home Dad emailed the Historical Society to let them know about the damage.They sent someone out to have a look & we saw an article on the vandalism on the front page of the Otago Daily Times a couple of days later.

On a windswept, seaside cliff Johnny Jones, an ex-convict turned whaler, farmer, businessman and settler, established the Matanaka Farm Buildings in the 1840s to cater for the needs of Otago’s early settlers. The oldest farm buildings standing in New Zealand, constructed of Australian timber and with their original corrugated iron roofs, come complete with a three-seat privy.

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