The cottage is moved along Braemar St, South Dunedin. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Heritage campaigner Ann Barsby says she is encouraged by the
response to her appeal for help over the costs of shifting a
19th-century cottage from near the Dunedin Gasworks Museum
The building was shifted by truck and trailer this week from
its previous location, in Braemar St, opposite the museum, to
a temporary site in a nearby street.
In the late 19th century, there had been many worker's
cottages in the area, but the shifted house was the last of
its kind in the street.
Mrs Barsby said the dwelling began life in the 1880s or 1890s
as a cottage, but its front was modified about 1904,
including the addition of two bay windows, which gave the
house a villa-like appearance.
Nevertheless, the roof and other features reflected its
cottage origins, she said.
Mrs Barsby, who is the founder of the Southern Heritage
Trust, recently ''went out on a limb'' and provided about
$14,000 of her own money to save the house, which otherwise
would have been demolished.
She recently sought help from interested people to help meet
the relocation costs and was ''very encouraged'' by the
One person had donated $300. A Dunedin trust had approached
her, and might provide support for later phases of the
She was also ''thrilled'' the project had gained support from
several South Dunedin businesses, which had donated the
cottage, provided building materials and made available a
temporary site for the building.
Andrew McColm, owner of nearby Shaws Yard Ltd, a building
material recycling firm, donated the cottage.
Mr McColm and his wife, Jane, were ''delighted'' with the
success of the house-moving project, he said.
They were also ''really pleased'' a significant part of South
Dunedin's heritage was being preserved, he said.
Mrs Barsby said it was ultimately hoped to shift the house
back close to the gasworks site, where it would become an
interpretive ''hub'', to tell some of the social history
stories linked to the gasworks.
It was expected preparation work for a conservation report on
the house would start in about two months.
Some people had said she was ''mad'' to have used her own
money to save the cottage, but she was convinced she had done
the right thing.