A Grand Old Lady Gets a Landmarks Plaque

The Rangiora Town Hall received a “Landmarks” Plaque today – 84 years to the day after it was opened.  Somewhat controversial at the time (what’s new?) it now generates a lot of enthusiasm amongst many locals. It is one of the very few theatres of its type left in New Zealand.

The plaque was unveiled by Malcolm McIntosh (left), great nephew of the mayor of the time, Robert McIntosh (his wife Robina performed the actual opening in 1926). Robert was one of the two McIntosh brothers who were mayors of Rangiora and Kaiapoi at the same time.

As you can see, the plaque has yet to be fixed.  The wet weather has meant that the necessary adhesives might not work!

The unveiling featured songs from the 1920s sung by the North Canterbury Musical Society Singers (conducted by Gail Fox), speeches from Dave Sanderson of the Musical Society and from the current and former movie theatre operators, Patrick Walsh and Fred Read.  Yours truly added a few historical details.

Outside, there were a couple of Model A Fords supplied by Peter Bayler and Alan Hill. 

The grand old lady holds lots of stories and some were relayed by people present today.  It was a good way to celebrate one of the District’s notable buildings.

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3 Responses to “A Grand Old Lady Gets a Landmarks Plaque”

  1. Jan Dyer Says:

    Thanks for the photos of the NCMS Group that sang at the Unveiling of the Town Hall.
    Would you happen to have any more photos of the choir.
    Some have been posted on our notice board at our club rooms and i would love a copy of them please.
    Regards
    Jan Dyer

  2. Pat Walsh Says:

    Ahh, nice to see this added on your blog David.

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