Photograph, Mataura Island Hall; Unknown photographer; 1980-1990; WY.0000.1435


Photograph, Mataura Island Hall

About this object

This is a photograph of the Mataura Island Hall.

The first public hall at Mataura Island was built on the school grounds in the area of the present school buildings. It had a play shed for the children built on the side. For lighting there were kerosene lamps hung on pulleys from the ceiling, and social functions such as concerts and dances, were usually held at the time of a full moon so that everyone could find their way home on their horse and transport.

In those early days there were other means of entertainment such as the draughts and the combined School and Hall committee held roller skating in the hall. This was very successful and the money raised was enough to pay off the hall, buy a new piano and supply the skates.

When the Education Board had public buildings moved from the school grounds, Mr Kirkland bought the building as a storeroom for his store.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura Island


Unknown photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Centre in pencil on reverse: 'Mataura Island'
Lower right corner on reverse: 'WY.0000.1435'


h 88 mm x w 127 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Buildings and Structures

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, photographic paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card

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Orphaned work

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