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A Decade, Today - Retrospective

Wed, September 12, 2001 08:20:05
Yesterday’s Occurrence, Today’s News

We’ve just learned on the morning news, in fact, a special news report, that the World Trade Center in New York, New York has been destroyed in terrorist attacks involving the hijacking of several commercial airliners. The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. is damaged. The death toll is very high.

God have mercy on their souls, and grant eternal rest upon them. God forgive those who wrought this event.

Wed, September 12, 2001 10:05:39

Our hosts, P and D M, kindly set up the television in the lounge so we could follow the current reports. (Think I forgot to mention, there are no televisions in the public areas nor in the guest rooms here. Their brochure states they feel their guests are on holiday and so they seek to avoid television. So bringing their TV down... is a big deal.) D received telephone calls from her two daughters, both abroad, and both in good health. One daughter called from London; she is due to return to New Zealand, and may be booked on NZ Flight 1 which is grounded in London. The other is in another Pacific Rim country.

All airports in the U.S. are closed now. I expect that traveling home may not be as easy as coming out was; security checks in the States will no doubt be more stringent for a while, until people become complacent again.

I hope that is a long time.

Wed, September 12, 2001 22:57:43
Today
The day started off early, just before sunrise, and making photographs of that sunrise over Dunedin. The light was quite spectacular. Then, the radio alarm came on to wake us up, and wake us it did. That’s when we received the news of happenings back in the States.


Sunrise, Otago Bay, Dunedin NZ

Sunrise, Otago Bay, Dunedin NZ


Listening to the news caused us to miss our early appointment at Olveston House, which is a very interesting turn of the century house. Lots of neat things here; also some interesting history as one family lived through it. No photographs, that pastime not being permitted. I presume this is in part to help further the Olveston Trust, which it succeeded in doing in our case. One may purchase picture post cards and a book about the house.

Then we walked through downtown Dunedin, looking for (surprise) a camera store with my film in it. We found some, then headed back up the hill (again) after lunch to get into the car and drive out Otago Peninsula to meet some penguins. Quite interesting to discover that the apparently clumsy penguin is actually quite nimble ashore. We paused a couple of times on the way back in for some night-time photos of Dunedin across the bay. Hmm, photography seems to be becoming a bit of a stuck record here, doesn’t it?


Map of the Drive
2001-09-12-otago-rs

Fence, Otago Peninsula
Wooden Fence, Otago

Penquin and Sheep
Penguin and Sheep, Otago Peninsula

Penquin At Home, Otago Peninsula
Penguin, Otago Peninsula

Otago Bay Sunset
Otago Bay Sunset


Anyway, we’re now mostly packed and ready to depart Dunedin on the morrow (which will be when I actually send this, but then who’s counting).

I close this portion of the journal with a prayer for all those who perished in New York and Washington D.C.

Wed, September 12, 2001 23:11:54


Castlewood was built circa 1912, for Dunedin lawyer, Mr. W.R. Brugh who lived in the house until his death in the 1950's. Mr. Brugh was a President of the Otago Early Settlers Association, and had a long association with the nearby Arthur St. School where amongst other contributions, he is known to have written the school song. Castlewood’s architect was Mr. Harry Mandeno who was also responsible for designing Dunedin’s Town Hall, and the King Edward Technical College on the corner of Sturart St. and York Place. The construction is likely to have been carried out by William McLellan, a craftsman builder to whom Harry Mandeno turned to time ant time again to bring his plans to fruition. That so many examples of the pairs workmanship survive intact today, is testimony to their vision and skills.

The design of the house reflects influences from the Tudor period, the “Arts and Crafts” movement, and Art Nouveau. Features which attract a great deal of interest are the unique curved plaster ceiling with an Art Nouveau influenced embossed opium poppy motif in the upstairs lounge. In addition the north facing lead light window and the east facing “Glasgow rose” leadlight window are attributed to the influences of a leading exponent of the Arts & Crafts movement, Charles Rennie Macintosh.

Castlewood reflects a standard of craftmanship seldom seen in modern houses. All external walls are double cavity brick, and unusually most internal walls are also brick. Throughout the house quality materials such as Australian hardwood and NZ Kauri and Rimu have been used.
The house would have been a very grand “gentleman’s” residence in its day. At that time a Cable Car rand up the hill from the “Stock Exchange” area at the foot of Rattray St, traveling on to the Roslyn township. The intersection of Rattray st, York Place and Arthur St., boasted several shops. Sadly, none of those exist today. The vicinity also boasted several hotels, a brothel, and the Speight’s brewery magnate’s home.

After Mr. Brugh’s death Castlewood was at one stage divided into two flats, (one upstairs and one downstairs), with noted Otago writer and columnist, Gordon Parry living downstairs.
During the late 1950s to 1970's Castlewood became a “boy’s” home for the rhabilitation of delinquent offenders. At that time the fire escape was added, and the “Warden” front door bell remains in use as a reminder today. Castlewood survived further “institutionalisation” and in 1971 was acquired by Mr Max Mains who commmenced considerable restoration work. After his ownership a succession of owners have worked to restore Castlewood to much of its former glory. The name “Castlewood” is a recent addition and come from Mr & Mrse Lance Woodfield who during their ownership from 1980 to 1996 had the vision to start Castlewood as the unique Homestay B&B that it has become today.

P & D M now own Castlewood, along with their daughters A & H. P is an author & artist. His water-colour paintings are displayed throughout Castlewood for you enjoyment. Prints of P's painting and some originals plus his book “Great Escapes” (published Nov 2000) are available for sale.

(This brief history has been compiled from oral history, any errors and omissions are regretted.)


Retrospective
And I'm not sure, other than habit, why I've redacted the owner/proprietor's names to initials. Or I am sure. Castlewood closed as a B&B about six years ago, selling their license to another house and owners in the hills overlooking Octagon.

Things I didn't write down: In Octagon set into the pavement of the plaza are plaques commemorating medal-winning (or not) Olympic athletes from Dunedin.

There are a lot of Olveston House references on the web.
Main web site: http://www.olveston.co.nz/
A Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olveston_(house)

Photography outdoors is permitted; I think I've just not scanned those negatives yet. Actually, there are a lot of photographs from NZ not scanned yet. More on that later. There are layers of UV resistant plexiglass inside the windows in Olveston House, which the guide explained is due to the high UV factors in NZ. This is related to being so far south, and the hole in the ozone layer.

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