A piece of Wyndham’s history has been returned to its museum.
A tea set given to one of the town’s foremost citizens, Dr James Menzies, was recently given back to the Wyndham and Districts Historical Society which runs the museum, by one of his descendants.
The tea set was presented to Dr Menzies in 1875 as a token of appreciation for his contribution to the Southland community,
Society president George Taylor said the group was very glad to receive the tea set.
“We read about someone like Dr Menzies and the fact that he was given something in appreciation of all his work, and to actually have that donated to us fills in a significant part of our history.
“It’s going to be the most significant object in our museum,” Mr Taylor said.
The stirling silver set comprised a tray, coffee pot, teapot, sugar bowl and cream jug.
tea set is still complete.”
Dr Menzies was one of Wyndham’s earliest runholders and came to the area in 1856.
“He took up all the land which is now Mimihau and Redan and farmed it until Wyndham was surveyed.”
Various landmarks in the district, including Menzies College, were named after him.
“There is a memorial arch dedicated to Dr Menzies on the way into the recreational area.”
He was Southland’s first superintendent and died in 1888.
The tea set can be viewed online as a Southland regional heritage committee team is packing up the museum’s collection due to the fact the building had been classified as a potential earthquake risk. A new building is being sought for the museum.