Artwork [Sketch of First Mataura Post Office]; Hill; 1960-1968; MT2016.12.1
Artwork [Sketch of First Mataura Post Office]About this object
Sketch; reproduction of a pen sketch of Mataura's first Post Office on Kana Street. Here is the back story from our book 'Mataura City of the Falls'.
'The building, looking very much like a church was erected with timber brought over from England in the 1860s. Originally the timber was meant for two buildings - one in the North Island and one in the South Island. Somehow there was a mix up in the timbers (which were numbered in sections) and the ultimate and entirely unforeseen result was a building unique in design. The old wooden structure with its high pitched gables and oddly-shaped windows became something of a landmark. It served as the District's Post Office until 1877. It then served as a dwelling and was used by the Perry family before being demolished in 1968.
1960-1968Medium and Materials
processed materials, paper
processed materials, writing fluid, ink
h 155mm x w 215mm
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object Type