Looking at plans for the restoration of the Tautuku Fishing
Club's Smaills Beach clubrooms are (from left) builder
Geoff Henry, painter Harry Carr and club president Brett
Bensemann. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Historic Dunedin building that began as a farm homestead
and became a fishing club in a prize location is getting a
The Tautuku Fishing Club is using a $21,874 Lottery Grants
Board funding, topped up by club funds, to do everything from
repointing stonework to replacing nine windows and electrical
fittings and repainting.
President Brett Bensemann said the club had a conservation
maintenance report put together, a ''necessity'' for the
historic bluestone building with Oamaru stone quoining.
About two months' work was involved, and that was expected to
be finished in about six weeks.
The Heritage New Zealand category 2-rated building was built
for the Smaill family in the late 1870s or early 1880s at
The Smaills were known for their community involvement and
progressive farming practices, and the property remained in
family ownership until 1952.
After ownership changes in the 1950s, the property was bought
by farmer Fergus Mathieson in 1971 and, as the patron of the
Tautuku Fishing Club, he sold the homestead to the club in
Mr Bensemann said the club had about 130 members, although
that figure fluctuated.
''Our prime objective is to restore our heritage,'' he said.
''This is a building of significant heritage to everyone.''