Tour raises funds for museum

A heritage tour of the Goodwood district near Palmerston on Saturday included a visit to the second-oldest farm building in New Zealand.

The tour was arranged by the Waihemo Heritage Trust, which operates the Palmerston museum.

The trust ran a bus tour to the Suisted barn, which was built in 1849 and holds a category one Historic Places Trust rating.

Owner Steve Kensington said the barn had Swedish motifs from Mr Suisted's home country.

Other sites visited in the four-hour tour of Goodwood were the laundry building on the site of Kennards accommodation house, Edward Swallow's cottage dating from 1853, where Graham and Sherry Thurlow live, and the site of St Paul's Little Chapel of Ease, with graves around the former site of the church.

The church, built in 1862, fell into disrepair in the 1970s and was demolished in the early 1990s.

Edward Swallow installed a millstone in the 1850s after his neighbour John Lemon installed one for grinding wheat.

Mr Thurlow, who has studied the history of the Goodwood farms, said the Swallow millstone was unearthed by a digger close to the house while the Thurlows were building an addition in 2005.

Twenty people took part in the Goodwood tour. Funds raised will be added to the Palmerston museum fund. The Waihemo Heritage Trust plans to buy the shops which the museum occupies in Palmerston.


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