Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Randell Cottage Open Day 28 September 2014

Randell Cottage Open Day 28 September 2014


Tucked away in Thorndon is a wondrous place - full of history and creativity. Randell Cottage is one of Wellington’s oldest restored cottages and on Sunday 28 September it will open its doors to visitors. Volunteers will be on hand to give tours and tell the stories of this unique dwelling.

If you are attending Spring Festival events across the road at the Botanical Gardens, then why not pop across the road and visit us between 11.00AM and 4.00 PM.

History buffs will enjoy the guided tours and talks about one of Wellington’s 10 oldest buildings.

This beautifully restored cottage is not only an historical icon but continues to create new legacies as host to writers from both France and New Zealand.


Randell Cottage
14 St Mary St
Thorndon


General Information to:
Check out http://www.randellcottage.co.nz/
or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RandellCottage

How to get there:

https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/14+St+Mary+Street,+Thorndon,+Wellington+6011/@-41.2785626,174.7684189,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d38b1d40bf113ad:0x9fdac94da1fd9020

A little about Randell Cottage.

Historic Randell Cottage in Wellington, New Zealand, has been a writers’ residency for New Zealand and French writers since 2001. The Randell Cottage Writers Trust works in partnership with Creative New Zealand, the Embassy of France, the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund and Wellington City Council.

The cottage has two bedrooms and a writing studio. It is located in inner-city Thorndon close to the Lilburn Residence, Rita Angus Cottage, Wellington Asia Residency, and the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, and within walking distance of the National and Turnbull Libraries.

History

In 1855 William Randell and his wife Sarah landed at Wellington from the sailing ship Belle Creole. They came as settlers from Dorset. William had been a stonemason (a trade that included bricklaying) and Sarah had been in service as a housemaid. Life for country folk in Dorset was a struggle, and the newly-married couple had very little money and few possessions.

William and Sarah reached Wellington just after the severe 1855 earthquake had wrecked many buildings and left no chimney standing. At once William’s bricklaying skills were in demand to rebuild the fireplaces and chimneys that were at the centre of every dwelling.

The couple were soon settled in a cottage in Ghuznee Street where they started a family that was to grow steadily, as Sarah would give birth every second summer for the next twenty years!
Ten years later the couple managed to buy a section halfway up St Mary Street, a plot of land that went right through to Lewisville Terrace. When he found time William levelled the land and, in 1867, began to build the modest dwelling that would become the writers’ cottage.

The house was built in ‘settler style’. Two simple wooden sheds gabled at each end were set side by side so that the long inner wall was common to both. Each ‘shed’ had a ridged roof, and the facing surfaces formed a central valley. The front door was in the middle of the east wall, and the back door was set in the centre of the west wall facing the steep Tinakori hill.

In this simple four-roomed home the family grew until there were nine children. In about 1874 William added a third ‘shed’ to form two extra bedrooms. When the tenth child was born in 1877, the six-room cottage was larger than most of Wellington’s houses.

Later, one of the daughters, Harriet, (a celebrated soloist) taught singing in one of these new bedrooms. An outer door was added in the 1880s to allow Harriet’s pupils to come and go without needing to go through the rest of the house: the door can be seen behind Sarah in the photograph below.

In 1994 the cottage was bought by Beverley Randell, her husband Hugh Price, and their daughter Susan. They restored it with as few changes to the original style and ground plan as possible. The cottage was then gifted to the Trust in 2001. The Prices hope that the succession of writers who occupy it will enjoy being reminded of what settlers’ dwellings were like in the mid-nineteenth century.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis Review: From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's The Post

Stephen Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as its plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to public light. Its true protagonist is publisher Katharine Graham, a stringently diplomatic businesswoman, reluctantly compelled to take an overtly political stance in the interests of democracy and freedom of the press. More>>



Howard Davis Review: The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's Darkest Hour'

On the eve of England's contorted efforts to negotiate its ignominious retreat from Europe and the chaotic spectacle of the Tory party ratifying its undignified departure from a union originally designed to prevent another World War, there has been a renewed appetite for movies about 1940. More>>



Howard Davis Review: Anger Begets Anger - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter and director has produced another quirky and darkly comic tragedy that evolves around the futility of anger and grief, retribution and revenge. More>>

Howard Davis: Sexting in George Dawe's Genevieve - Part I

Te Papa's permanent collection includes an enormous oil painting by the English artist George Dawe called Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love') that was prominently featured in the 2013 exhibition Angels & Aristocrats. Compare the massive immensity of the bard's gorgeously gilded harp with the stubby metallic handle of the Dark Knight's falchion, both suggestively positioned at crotch-level. Dawe's enormous canvas invokes a whole history of blushing that pivots around a direct connection to sexual arousal. More>>

ALSO:

Ethnomusicology: Malian ‘Desert Blues’ Revolutionaries To Storm WOMAD

Malian band Tinariwen (playing WOMAD NZ in March 2018) are a true musical revolutionaries in every sense. Active since 1982, these nomadic Tuareg or ‘Kel Tamashek’ (speakers of Tamashek) electric guitar legends revolutionised a traditional style to give birth to a new genre often called ‘desert blues’. They also have a history rooted deeply in revolution and fighting for the rights of their nomadic Tamashek speaking culture and people. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland