Event chance to explore history

Miscreants Angus Percival (8) of Waitahuna, and Oliver Alden (9), of Lawrence, pay their dues in the Lawrence stocks during the town’s annual heritage day on Sunday. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON


Immersing you in experiencing local history is something Lawrence does well.

The annual Lawrence Heritage Day will be held this Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

This year there are a number of additions, including a special opening of the Weatherstons Brewery Heritage and Daffodils Trust site, as well as the first opening of a new area of the Gabriels Gully gold town project on Lawrence local Malcolm Ritchie’s property.

Daffodils Trust secretary Simone Budge said she was ‘‘looking forward to it’’.

‘‘It’s great fun.

‘‘Lawrence has so much historic authenticity.

‘‘It’s so great to showcase it with a day where the community comes together to make it happen.’’

A gold coin shuttle bus will transport visitors between all the main sites all day, so no need to worry about driving.

The Historic Homes Tour will be held again, conducted by the Lawrence Heritage Trust and enabled by the owners of various heritage homes around the township.

‘‘It is a vibrant and lively event.

‘‘[It] showcases the very tangible history that still exists of Lawrence’s foundations in gold and farming.

‘‘It’s a grassroots, hands-on, get involved kind of event that children and adults enjoy equally.’’

The committees of the Tuapeka Vintage Club, Lawrence Heritage Trust, Lawrence Chinese Camp Trust and the Lawrence Museum and Information Centre work together every year to bring the event together, which is almost free.

Gold coin donations were all the committee asked for.

The team looked forward to seeing people there.