This article was first published in the Tararua Tramper in June 1998
Official Opening Of Field Hut Historic Display
Saturday 25 April 1998
In perfect weather nearly 60 people tramped to Field Hut for this event. The display is a combination of large photographs and smaller text boxes depicting the early history of the hut. The club has owned the hut for over 70 years and it is the oldest public tramping hut in the Tararuas and is designated an Historic Place.
Money for the hut's construction was raised by donations including Willie Field's 100 pounds (nearly a quarter of the cost) plus a substantial government grant that Field as an MP secured. Joe Gibbs was paid to build the hut in 1924. The club put up this display to increase trampers' awareness of the history of the hut and the people associated with it. In speeches, the voluntary work that Michael Bartlett and his helpers put in, to get from the idea of a display to the actual installation, was most gratefully acknowledged. People were so appreciative and enthusiastic about the display that they suggested similar displays in Kime and Alpha Huts.
Michael Bartlett outlined the progression of the work. Author Chris MacLean mentioned how appropriate Anzac Day was as many servicemen in WW1 wrote of their homesickness for the New Zealand bush and mountains. Hugh Barr (deputising for the President, Alan Wright) outlined the history of the hut and declared the display open. Then there was a substantial afternoon tea for everyone.
If you missed this event make sure you come to Field Hut's 75th Anniversary in October 1999. 120 people were at Field Hut to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, will there be more for the 75th?
- From TTC 28 members and 13 non-members, guests included Chris MacLean, DoC (3), Parawai TC (5), Hutt Valley TC (4), a few anons and 3 dogs. (Scribe: Jenny Lewis)