Memorial seat marks site of former orphanage

An aerial view of the South Island Methodist Orphanage and Children's Home in Harewood, 1934.
An aerial view of the South Island Methodist Orphanage and Children's Home in Harewood, 1934.
A former children's orphanage in Harewood will be remembered with a memorial seat.

Last week, the Christchurch Methodist Mission held a small ceremony to mark the site of the former South Island Methodist Orphanage and Children's Home, on Harewood Rd.

The Christchurch Methodist Mission office is currently still located at the site, but the home was demolished in the 1990s.

The art deco home was first opened 85 years ago and was designed by architect Wilford Melville Lawry.

The memorial seat was blessed by Reverend Michael Greer, and about 10 former residents of the home attended the ceremony.

Christchurch Methodist Mission Executive Director Jill Hawkey said the event honoured the request of a former resident for a plaque to remember residents and staff.

“We hope former residents will see this as an opportunity to reminisce about their time at the home, and as an expression of our commitment to retain our memories associated with the home,” she said.

 

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