John McCraw Research Room
Central Stories is lucky enough to house the John McCraw Research Room. This facility is a rich resource for staff, volunteers and the public. It is open during museum hours and is free for the public to come in and use. Most material we hold is based on Alexandra specifically however we may also hold some information from/about the larger Central Otago area.
The John McCraw Research Room contains: General Information on:
- Alexandra & Central Otago
- Mining & Dredging
- Chinese immigrants
- Farming, orcharding and viticulture
- Water & hydroelectricity
- An extensive photo archive collection
- Information on Central Otago families and local identities
- Cemetery & burial records
- Electoral rolls & school records
- A collection of Oral Histories
- Copies of the Central Otago News from 1948-2006 (not available on Papers Past)
Members of staff are always available to answer general enquires. If you would like further assistance or an enquiry carried out for you, we ask that you fill out a research enquiry form and our Collections Manager will be in contact.
Please note, research assistance or copies of photos/material will incur some costs, please see our schedule of services and fees
for the full details.
entral Stories houses a number of objects, not all of which are on display in our galleries. Our collections are of high regional and in some case national, importance and represent the tangible heritage of the district. They have been built up through the support and donations of the community over many years. The collections are comprised of a wide variety of articles; records, books, artefacts, textiles, furniture and paintings to name but a few. The collections also include a number of smaller donor orientated collections, for example the Elizabeth Stevens Art Collection & Mabel Still's dolls, which are not only unique but hugely significant and valuable.
The Central Stories collections consist of 5 parts:
- The Permanent collection
- The Picture collection
- The Reference (Book) collection
- The Loaned collection
If you have enquiries, regarding the collections, including donating, viewing or borrowing objects, please contact our General Manager at the museum.