Otago Vintage Machinery Club members Gordon Soper, of Fairfield, (left) and Ron Holdaway, of Dunedin, work on ''The Ruston & Hornsby'' at the club's museum in Outram. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A ''hidden'' museum showing off the region's industrial
heritage is having an open day this Sunday.
Outram's Otago Vintage Machinery Club and neighbouring Taieri
Historical Club are having a joint open day to coincide with
this week's New Zealand Motor Caravan Association's National
Otago Vintage Machinery Club acting secretary Tom Rietveld
said the open day was an opportunity for motorhome visitors
and anyone else to see some of the region's industrial
heritage in action.
The club had saved local industrial machinery which would
have otherwise ended up on the scrap-heap, Mr Rietveld said.
This included a 1929 Ruston diesel engine, which used to
generate electricity for the Kempthorne Prosser Fertiliser
works at Burnside, and a concrete skip system which came from
a local bridge-building operation.
Several old engines would be up and running during the open
day and the old Taiaroa Head foghorn would be sounded.
Being tucked away in Outram meant many people missed out on
seeing the museum, which Mr Rietveld called a ''hidden
''New Zealand's very good at having small museums in small
towns and there is actually sometimes better treasures in
those museums than in the bigger museums.''
People who came along on Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm, would
also get to look around the Taieri Historical Club grounds,
which was home to some of Outram's ''at-risk'' heritage
buildings, which were moved to the site.
A free shuttle bus service was running from the Mosgiel
A&P Showgrounds to the site for people at the rally, with
a $5 charge for entrance to the two sites.