Rangiora's heritage features on calendar

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Rangiora Museum volunteers are keen to learn what this device was used for. Photos: David Hill
Rangiora Museum volunteers are keen to learn what this device was used for. Photos: David Hill
Photographs of old Rangiora are once again featuring on a fundraising calendar.

Rangiora Museum curator Ann Jelfs says the 2020 calendar, a fundraiser for the museum, has once again been sponsored by R. Grant Electrical and Wilson Print.

Mrs Jelfs says her favourite photo is the one chosen for January of the Cam Dairy Produce Company Ltd's cheese factory on the corner of Northbrook and Boys roads, ''because it's where I grew up''.

''It was closed after World War 1 and it was empty during World War 2, so it was used as a playground for children.''

Rangiora Museum curator Ann Jelfs displays a 2020 calendar of old Rangiora photographs, which the museum is selling as a fundraiser.
Rangiora Museum curator Ann Jelfs displays a 2020 calendar of old Rangiora photographs, which the museum is selling as a fundraiser.
Later, it become the St Clement's Peel Factory, where Mrs Jelfs was employed for a holiday job peeling ginger and taking the pips out of cherries.

''We lived downstream, so you always knew when they were emptying the vat, because the water would be red or green.''

The cover page features a horse fair at the former Rangiora saleyards site, which was situated between Victoria and Percival streets.

The calendars are on sale for $15 from Rangiora Museum or from Ian McIntosh at Rangiora Barbers.

Mrs Jelfs says the calendar would make the perfect Christmas present alongside a booklet, Rangiora Random Jottings, which sell for $10 each.

The booklet is a collection of ''little snippets'' written by the late Don Hawkins for the museum's newsletter.

A mystery object, a Photax chrome glazing plate, had museum volunteers scratching their heads and they are keen to learn more about it.

The item is electrical and has a cloth top, which folds on top of a stainless steel base.

A quick Google search suggests a chrome glazing plate is used in developing photographs.

The Rangiora Museum is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1.30pm to 4pm. With children's activity sheets available, it is worth a visit during the school holidays. Admission is $2 for adults, and 50 cents for children.