Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Historical Talks: The story behind Thorndon’s historic Randell Cottage.
Two presentations are being given next week about the story behind and restoration of Thorndon’s historic Randell Cottage.
Originally built in 1865 the property was bought back at auction by that first family’s descendants in the 1990s. It was restored and put into trust for use as a writers’ residency by Wellington writer, Beverley Randell, together with her husband, Hugh Price, and their daughter, Susan Price. The cottage became the first dedicated writers’ residency in Wellington, and the first for visiting international writers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Beverley is giving two talks next week about the history and preservation of the cottage. The talks are part of a series of celebrations to celebrate Randell Cottage reaching its tenth year as a residency for both New Zealand and French writers. A collection of objects from the 1800s which were found under the cottage during its restoration will be on display as part of the talks.
The cottage is small, so space for these talks is limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend, and see more at www.randellcottage.co.nz
Other forthcoming events around the anniversary celebration include writer readings, and an Open Day and Garden Party in early October.
WHAT: Two historical talks
WHEN: Tuesday 26 June, 4.30-6pm and 6.30-8pm
WHERE: Randell Cottage, 14 St Mary Street, Thorndon, Wellington
COST: Free, but a koha toward cottage maintenance would be welcome