Upcoming members’ events

Saturday 17 November 2018, 2pm (to approx 4pm) – visits to some historic buildings in the Wellington CBD (walking). Meet at the Christian Science Building, 281 Willis Street at 2pm. Wet or fine.

The buildings to be visited are:

  • Christian Science Building (architect Ian Athfield, 1983);
  • ‘The Manor’ (former Red Cross) architect William Turnbull, 1908;#
  • St Peter’s Anglican Church (architect Thomas Turnbull, 1879); and
  • Theosophical Society Hall, 1918.
  • For anyone interested, following the walk some of us will go to Nga Taonga (Film Archive) for a coffee.

#The Manor received funding in the recent round of Heritage Equip for seismic strengthening. The Manor is a Category 1 historic place designed by William Turnbull and completed in 1908 as a residence and surgery for surgeon Sir Donald McGavin. “Home to the United Industries Club for women and girls before being used by the Red Cross, it receives $294,857 for a comprehensive seismic upgrade.”


“Secret Art Walk” – come explore some of the hidden art in foyers of central Wellington buildings with Vivienne Morrell. While not strictly ‘heritage’, we thought some members might enjoy finding something new in Wellington! Vivienne led five of these walks for U3A groups in 2017 and early 2018 and they proved to be a popular event.

The walks will be on Weds January 30th 2019 and Thursday February 21st 2019 from 10am to 12pm; starting at the north end of Lambton Quay and ending in Manners Street. Registration will be essential as each tour is limited to 16 people (some of the foyers are narrow! Buildings are usually only open in working hours – hence the need for the tours to be in working hours.)

Further details will be in our November newsletter at which point registrations can be taken.