Lawrence Heritage Day


If you like historical buildings, vintage cars and food and drink stalls, head along to the annual Lawrence Heritage Day on Sunday to celebrate the town’s unique history.

Colonsay St will be entirely closed off for visitors to explore.

Organiser Simone Budge said there would be opportunities for visitors to go inside the historical buildings, such as the old courthouse, the post office and the Presbyterian and Catholic churches.

“There are many people in Lawrence itself who haven’t been into these buildings before, so it should be very interesting,” Mrs Budge said.

For those up to the challenge, there would also be old-time games to play, such as knucklebones, horseshoe throwing and tug of war.

The heritage day used to be run solely by the Tuapeka Vintage Club, but is now a joint venture with the Lawrence Heritage Trust.

“It’s better with both groups bringing their skills and resources together to make a great day for Lawrence,” Mrs Budge said.

The Tuapeka Vintage Club’s premises would be open, displaying all kinds of vintage machinery, and the historic Chinese camp would open its doors as well.

Lawrence Heritage Day runs from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, November 4.