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Introducing the Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society Inc.

 

Following a meeting of a small group of local residents interested in establishing a historical society covering the three bays, a public meeting was held on Wednesday 13 August 2003 which attracted 32 supporters.  Those present confirmed their support for the Society, and an inaugural committee was elected to incorporate the Society. 

Our first AGM was held in August, 2004, at which a committee of nine was elected.

 

 

WELLINGTON SOUTHERN BAYS HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLLECTION

ISLAND BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE

OPEN EACH FRIDAY 10am to 2pm

 

We are always pleased to receive any old photographs or written material that we can copy and return

or we can give them a good home if they are no longer required.  

 

We have two folders recording items about ordinary folk in the Southern Bays.  We would appreciate any obituaries, eulogies or funeral leaflets of Southern Bays people that we could add to these folders. Please post them to the Secretary or drop them off at the Community Centre on a Friday between 10am and 2pm.

 

ISLAND BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE

A recent post on the community Centre's Facebook page:

"Our local Photography Hero Éva Kaprinay, has taken these pictures of our resident Southern Bays Historical Society, here every Friday from 10am - 2pm. come on down and check out their collection. Thanks Eva!"

 Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society

 

    

WELLINGTON SOUTHERN BAYS HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETINGS

  

Monday 17 February   Monday 19 May
Monday 18 August  

Monday 17 November

                  

 

The Blue Platter Teahouse (as seen in the photo below) was built in 1906 on land owned by George Henry Baylis.

He engaged architect, Thomas Turnbull, to design and construct the octagonal building which looks very festive with flags flying in this photo taken the year after opening. It also offered hotel type accommodation and could be hired for other events such as dances.  As patronage declined during the 1920s, alterations were made to convert the building into apartments.

Sadly, it was destroyed by fire in the early 1930s.

 

'Island Bay beach was a hive of social activity early in the 1900's,with the Blue Platter Teahouse

a popular escape from the sun. (Wilson Collection, F-136056-1/2)'

 

                                                           

                                                           Note the bathing sheds are not yet built

 

 

 

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