As promised, I went and visited the Pukekohe’s Pioneer Cottage at Roulston Park on Stadium Drive. I was warmly greeted by Franklin Historical Society members Brien Golding and Nuki Hanfling who had opened the cottage for the day.
After speaking with them about the F.H.S meeting which was held on Saturday, they are wanting help setting up a Facebook page/website (perfect project for students) to spread the word and also had a brilliant idea to open a Museum down at the Pukekohe Showgrounds to showcase all the donated historical memorabilia they have in storage.
I offered to help them drum up support by regularly featuring their events on this website and also by reminding the local council of their commitment to the maintenance of the 157 year old cottage.
“We believe it will be good for tourism for the area (Franklin)” said Brien.
I believe he’s right. With other historical places such as Tuakau’s Mission Hall (1899), The Waiuku Museum, The Glenbrook Vintage Railway (1922) and other places there is enough here to warrant a plan to improve and maintain our districts historical landmarks not only for tourism purposes but also to teach the younger generations about our humble beginnings.
If you would like to join the Franklin Historical Society which meet at the old Council Chambers on the corner of Edinburgh and Wesley Streets, Pukekohe every 3rd Monday of the month, their annual membership is $10 per person, $15 for a double/family or $5 for students. Their phone number is 09 238 72 43 ask for Merryl.
Stay tuned for more updates…
Here’s pictures of the cottage interior!