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


Randell Cottage Open Day Wraps Up Spring Festival

Randell Cottage Open Day Wraps Up Spring Festival

One of Wellington’s ten oldest colonial buildings opens its doors to the public on Sunday, 4 October. Randell Cottage, at 14 St Mary Street, Thorndon, was built in 1867 by English migrant William Randell as a home for himself, his wife Sarah and their children.

Built in classic settler style, the cottage originally comprised two simple wooden sheds gabled at each end, set side by side so that the long inner wall was common to both. 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.

Today the Cottage is a writers residence, providing a Wellington home away from home to writers from New Zealand and France. Recent residents have included Denis Welch, Tina Makereti, Pat White, and most recently the novelist, playwright and essayist Witi Ihimaera who was jointly awarded the 2015 New Zealand residency with Owen Marshall.

The residency was made possible by an act of extraordinary generosity on the part of one of William Randell’s direct descendants, the children’s writer Beverley Randell, who in 1994 with her husband, publisher Hugh Price and daughter, historian Susan Price, bought the cottage at auction, painstakingly restored it and gifted it to the Randell Cottage Writers Trust.

“Open Day is an opportunity to say thank you to Wellington for the support the Cottage receives from the Wellington City Council. It’s a chance to hear the Cottage’s history and to marvel at the changes in living conditions and ideas of personal space that have taken place over the past 150 years,” says trustee Sian Robyns.

The Cottage, writers shed and garden will be open from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is free but koha is appreciated.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>

Howard Davis: Estère At San Fran

Appearing at Wellington's San Fran to promote her new single, Calculated Risk, the local musician sutured together a highly impressive set of syncopated soul beats, weaving a brilliant dance cloth of iridescent splendour.More>>

Back On The Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit

In March, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal upheld an original jury finding that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven did not infringe copyright in Spirit’s 1968 song Taurus. Michael Skidmore, who had filed the suit in 2014 as trustee of the ... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland