Armistice Day is commemorated on 11 November, the date the First World War came to an end with the signing of an armistice, or truce, between the Allied Forces and Germany in 1918. At 11:00am on the day, the guns fell silent after four years of brutal conflict. Please feel welcome to come down to the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall on Sunday 11.11.2018 at 11:00am for a one-minute silence to remember the fallen. ... See MoreSee Less
Today Susie Millichamp brought us some more of her beautiful paintings for display. French Riviera and Spring Floral with their fresh and bright colours are bringing some "summer" into our building. Susie dropped the price down to $800 for "Lake Heron on a Wintery Morning" a bargain for a painting of 50cmx150cm 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
We are excited to announce our new Art Exhibition "TRIO" with our local artists Susie Millichamp, Sally Withell and Jen Dearborn starting this Sunday 30th of September until 15th of November 2018. Grand opening tomorrow Sunday at 3pm. ... See MoreSee Less
At the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Methven 😊What a fabulous opening night we’ve had! Thank you to our wonderful audience members tonight ♥️ There are still tickets available for tomorrow and Friday night. Get them quick as they are selling hot! 🔥🔥🔥 www.iticket.co.nz... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 23rd of September at 3pm Opening of the Polish Gallery. The exhibition presents & follows the journey of Canterbury's First Polish Settlers, who arrived in Lyttelton from the Baltic Sea in 1872 & falls on the year of Centenary celebrations of Poland's Regained Independence in 1918. Event will include promotion of the book by Polish New Zealander Jacek R. Drecki, ‘Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a Pianist Amidst the Geysers’: meticulously researched account of unprecedented musical events that took place in early 20th century NZ. Ignacy Jan Paderewski was then world’s most recognised and celebrated Polish pianist, statesman and one of first Prime Ministers of Independent Poland. Exhibition runs till Friday November 16th, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less
First Polish Settlers in Canterbury - Commemorative Exhibition
‘Between the Waters’ Polish Legacy in NZ Charitable Trust presents a remarkable, Polish chapter in NZ history, framed in the chronicles of four families that disembarked from ‘Friedeburg’ in Lyttelton in August 1872. All the way from Prussia, Europe.
The Kotlowskis, Gierszewskis, Szymanskis & Watembach were, among others, part of wave of immigration which saw New Zealand’s settlers’ population double to about 500,000 during the 1870s. More Poles came later. Some convinced family members to join them. Others came independently. Beautifully presented records of first Polish Settlers to Canterbury region, supported by a number of photos, offer a story mix of hardships, challenges and achievements while embracing community spirit and heart-felt determination of eastern origin.
The exhibition is an initiative undertaken by the Trust following the 2017 Celebrations of 145 years of Polish Settlement at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, with the purpose to further acknowledge the legacy and to advocate and promote Polish Heritage as part of NZ ethnic identity.
The exhibition has been organised with an encouragement and critical support from Methven local identity - Angela Grieve, the youngest of seven children born to Eva (nee Marsh) and Charlie Clemens. Her father was a WWI returning soldier. Her Mother was a granddaughter of Polish immigrants Michael and Annie Schimanski.
Polish Settlers exhibition aims to celebrate ethnic identity and inspire descendants of local pioneers from other countries to share and honor their heritage.