04.03.2017 - 07.03.2017 18 °C
Today we travelled from Te Anau via Gore to Dunedin, a four and a half hour journey. Whilst stopping in Gore for a coffee break I saw an old Morris Minor Shooting Break in green with only 21,000 on the clock and in immaculate condition Rev Jim one for you! We travelled around the city of Dunedin taking in the sights including, The Bank of NewZealand, Consultancy House, Dunedin Prison, The First Church of Otago, The Law Courts, the Old National Bank, Otago Boys High School and The Otago Museum which was fascination and had some great exhibits (see pics )
Having checked into our hotel we visited Olveston House, a prestigious historic home for a guided tour which was wonderful and our guide who was excellent even knew the family and lived nearby as a child. I even got to play the Steinway Grand Piano in the drawing room which was a great honour.
Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin, his wife Marie and their two children Edward and Dorothy.
Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George, Olveston was built as a family home furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts purchased from all around the world.
Intended for future generations of Theomin’s to enjoy, this was not to be the case as both the Theomin children died without heirs. Surviving the death of her father, mother and elder brother, Miss Dorothy Theomin lived at Olveston until her death in 1966, when it was discovered the house and the original contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin.
Opened as a historic house museum in 1967, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home between 1906 to 1966.
Olveston is an authentic and original historic home depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century. It is a wonderful place to visit