Maintaining history in Amberley
Preserving Amberley’s historical gems is significant for retaining the town’s heritage.
Over time, the exterior of Amberley’s Cobb Cottage had started to deteriorate causing concern for the Kowai Archives Society.
After receiving a hefty quote for the repairs, Terry Green, President of the Kowai Archives Society reached out to Hurunui District Council (HDC) in hopes to receive financial support.
HDC’s Maintenance Coordinator Josie Hemmings was quick to get the process started, which included providing funds to reseal the Cottage’s exterior, which was completed last month.
“It was better to get onto it quickly instead of letting it deteriorate even more. We got a quote from people who specialised in the process, so we were confident the job was going to be done well,” said Josie.
Terry was rapt with Council’s response to the request and couldn’t be happier with the results.
“We reached out, and next thing it was being repaired. Josie was great, she organised everything with Council. We are so pleased with the work that has been done.”
Terry added that the Cottage was originally located in Leithfield on Mays Road. After severe north west gales in 1975, the Cottage was damaged, and the remainder of the materials were gifted to the Amberley Historical Society by the May Family.
In 1981 HDC gave a portion of land in Chamberlain Park to the Amberley Historical Society. The Society used the original materials to recreate the Cottage on this land in 1984, supported by volunteers from the Amberley Lions Club and the Amberley Jaycees.
“The aim was to keep the replica as close to the original as possible... It’s really important to maintain these historical buildings and ensure they are being looked after,” said Terry.
The Amberley Historical Society merged with the Kowai Archives Society, giving them the responsibility to continue the care of the Cottage.