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Cromwell 82 Waenga Drive
The out of town owners of this property
want it SOLD and have instructed us to sell
it by way of Auction on Friday the 16th of
November (unless sold prior). Now those
of you seeking 4 bedrooms will know these
don't pop up every day and the even better
news is that the hard work has been done
to open up the living area, upgrade the
heating and modernize the kitchen.
Please call Brad or Mel to arrange your time
to view or pop along to an open home.
Highland Real Estate Group Ltd
Licensed Agent REAA 2008
Auction Fri 16th Nov at 10.00am at the
Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell
Open Sunday at 11.00am
HIGHLAND REAL ESTATE GROUP LTD MREINZ
Old goody: Alma Stevenson (left) and illustrator Robyn MacIntosh-Handtshoewercker with perhaps their most
famous collaboration -- Old Red-- in 2003.
Popular author dies
History of area important to her books
By SUE FEA
Treasured Arrowtown author
Alma Stevenson left a legacy of
children's books and a delight-
ful history of farming on the
Crown Range when she passed
away, aged 71, on Sunday.
Mrs Stevenson died at her
Arrowtown home after a cour-
ageous battle with cancer. She
wrote six books, five of them
Her book Waggoner Jack and Us
detailed Wakatipu and Steven-
son family history and fulfilled
a promise to her late father-in-
law, affectionately known as
Waggoner Jack, that she would
finish the book he was writing
about his life on the Crown
Terrace. He drove a six-horse
team to the TSS Earnslaw
loaded with barley, wool, milk,
cream and coal, in the 1920s.
A resourceful man, after losing
his farm Mr Stevenson towed
Reid and Sons' office from
Speargrass Flat Rd Mill to a site
near Lake Hayes. It became
what is now Walnut Cottage.
Mrs Stevenson and her late
husband, Noel, retired to the
Wakatipu after 30 years farming
at Mokotua in Southland. They
turned Jack Stevenson's Walnut
Cottage into a successful craft
and gift cottage.
Mrs Stevenson combined her
own Queenstown Wilson family
and Southland farming history
in the book using material from
her parents Bill and Ruth
Wilson, who owned the Hi-Way
Diner at Frankton corner - it
was here she met her husband.
When her late husband died in
1999, Mrs Stevenson began
writing and painting. Her first
series of books Old Red, Old
Blue and Old Yellow became
popular with children through-
out the district.
Last year she released Zac Mac
the All Black to coincide with
the Rugby World Cup, donating
part of her profits to the Cancer
Society in Queenstown.
A month ago she released her
final book Joe's Journey and it
was officially launched aboard
its subject, the TSS Earnslaw
which is celebrating its 100th
year of operation this week.
Daughter Hayley Stevenson
said her mother was working on
several more children's book
drafts at the time of her death.
She is survived by Johnny,
Debbie, Julie and Hayley and
A service will be held at the
Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall to
celebrate Mrs Stevenson's life
tomorrow at 11.30am.
SHORT AND SHARP
Showing: Artist Dick Frizzell stands beside a painting from Grand Central.
Queenstown and Arrowtown are
up for an art double-header this
Labour Weekend, with exhibition
openings of renowned
international and Kiwi artists.
Possibly the world s most well-
known modern artist, Damian Hirst
has prints on show at Arrowtown s
Nadine Milne Gallery, along with
work by ex-pat New York-based
Max Gimblett, which opens on
Friday. Well-known Kiwi pop artist
Dick Frizzell s latest exhibition
Grand Central, which focuses on
Central Otago landscapes, opens
on Saturday at Milford Galleries in
New chef for train cafe
Former Jack s Point Clubhouse
to the Flyer
Kingston, promises to be serving
breakfasts with home-made
condiments, light lunches with
freshly made sandwiches on
home-made bread and Central
Otago tasting platters. Most
importantly we ll be offering
excellent wine matches with our
food, he said.
Hill Challenge open
Entries are now open for the
annual Queenstown Hill/Te
Tapunui Challenge to raise funds
for Wakatipu High School s long
running Branches Camp.
The challenge gives runners and
walkers the opportunity to
traverse Queenstown Hill from
Tucker Beach over the Sugar Loaf
and back again -- a distance of 13 to
15km -- on November 3.
A second option has been
added this year offering a
shorter, faster course from
Tucker Beach to Lake Johnson
return, about 6km. Entry forms
are available from R&R Sport,
The Frontrunner, Jackie Gillies
and Associates, Wakatipu High
School or online at
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