Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.

NEWS AND PLANNED EVENTS

Coming Events

FUNCTIONS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

FRONZ CONFERENCE
The annual conference of the Federation of Rail Organisations of NZ (FRONZ) will be held in Gisborne at Queens Birthday Weekend, same time, same programme as the cancelled conference last year. It will include a rail excursion on the Gisborne City Vintage Rail to Murawai and return, and a visit to the East Coast Museum of Technology. For more details go to www.fronz.org.nz/conferences.

COTMA CONFERFENCE
The biennial conference of the Council of Tramway Museums of Australasia (COTMA) , cancelled last year because of COVID 19, will now be hosted by the Ballarat Tramway Museum, also celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The programme will run from the evening of Wednesday 15 September to Monday 20th September and will include a partners programme. It is anticipated that some pre-conference activities in Melbourne will be arranged by Melbourne-based people, and it is expected that some delegates may wish to follow up the conference with visits to new tram systems in Eastern Australia. For further information go to www.cotma.org.au/conference.html.

GENERAL MEETING AND SOCIAL FUNCTION
On Wednesday 26th May, we are visiting the Ferrymead Post and Telegraph Historical Society Inc. to get a “behind the scenes” look at what they get up to. The plan is to meet at the Tram Barns at 7:30pm and we will be transported down into the Ferrymead township, stopping at the Railway Station stop. They plan to divide us up into groups of about eight (or less) and show us around their various activities, collections, artefacts and buildings consisting of the Post Office, annex / exchange display area and UAX building, and hopefully allow us to look into their various other outbuildings and other nooks and crannies.

We have been advised there is a limit on participants however - a maximum of 32 people may attend so this
meeting is limited to the first 32 to arrive.

It is planned that afterwards, we will then return to the Tram Barns (by tram of course!) for supper and we will be joined by our hosts/guides from the P&T Society. Usual cost of $2 per head for supper.

ZOOM SOCIAL MEETING
Sunday 16 May, commencing at 8pm NZ time.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WAS VIRTUALLY NO RESPONSE TO THE REPORT IN APRIL’S TRACTS DISCUSSING THE FUTURE OF ZOOM SOCIAL MEETINGS. THE ATTENDANCE OF THE APRIL MEETING WAS LITTLE BETTER THAN THAT IN MARCH, WITH THREE PEOPLE FROM CHRISTCHURCH AND ONE FROM WELLINGTON PARTICIPATING. THOSE ATTENDING AGREED THAT ONE MORE SESSION SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED, BUT ON A DIFFERENT NIGHT WITH SUNDAY BEING THE UNANIMOUS CHOICE. GIVEN THAT THIS ISSUE OF TRACTS IS LIKELY TO BE CIRCULATED AT LEAST A WEEK IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING, WE WILL SEND A REMINDER TO KNOWN PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS A DAY OR SO AHEAD OF THE MEETING. IF WE GET A REASONABLE LEVEL OF ATTENDANCE WE WILL CONTINUE; IF NOT, THIS WILL BE OUR LAST SOCIAL ZOOM SESSION.

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
A reminder – The Society’s Annual Membership Subscriptions for 2021 fall due on 1st January 2021. If paid by 28th February 2021, a discounted rate applies. Renewal notices will be sent out late December 2020 – by e-mail to those members who have an e-mail address, and by NZ Post to the remainder. The renewal notice will be sent to everyone on the Society’s mailing list, irrespective of membership grade or status, to allow our records to be amended where necessary. It also provides you with the opportunity to make a donation to your favourite Society project or activity. Remember, all New Zealand donations of $5.00 or more are tax deductible.

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE FROM THE TREASURER
The Society has been advised by its bank that cheques are being phased out, and that from June 2021, cheques will no longer be an acceptable method of payment. See Tracts for more information.

COLLECTIONS POLICY
Please visit the Collections Policy page to download and read our updated policy document.

BOOK ORDERS
Dave Hinman has now received a supply of Hugh Ballment’s recent Tramway Atlas for sale, as advertised in previous issues of Tracts. At $60.00 plus $7.00 post and packing to any New Zealand address, this is a very good deal indeed. Some 25 copies have already been sold and Dave will be bringing more to the June General Meeting. This will be an excellent opportunity for those who are considering buying a copy to have a look and make their decision. It will also be a good chance to save on postage costs!

Graeme Stewart’s new book is currently also in publication, with arrival anticipated in mid-June. if it arrives in time, Society members will be able to collect their copies at the June Meeting too. This book is only available to those who have pre-ordered a copy.

Available front and orders to:
The Secretary
Tramway Historial Society
PO Bo 1126, Christchurch 8140
or secretary@ferrymeadtramway.org.nz

NEXT WORK PARTY
Formal work parties are held every third Saturday of the month and Alan Roi provides a cooked midday meal.
There are also activities every Saturday and on Monday evenings.

Our regular Work Days are not only a means of getting regular maintenance and infrastructure upgrades done around Ferrymead Park and along our tramway, they are a great means of getting together and sharing in a bit of camaraderie and banter. Alan also provides refreshments and a full cooked lunch for all who attend.

TROLLEY BUS SYSTEM
The Trolley Bus system generally operate runs on the first Sunday of each month and on event days. Trolley bus currently in operation is Wellington 103, but is hoped that Christchurch 210 and Dunedin 79 with both
return to service in the near future.

For more on Meetings and Work Parties, please click here.