Homebush Stables Museum has a large variety of historic items on display

Exploring Homebush history

by Ann van Engelen

The Homebush Stables Museum and Garden is holding their open day early this year to coincide with the Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival and the rhododendrons flowering on Sunday, October 20 from 10am to 4pm.

“Homebush Stables is a lovely old complex owned by the Deans family who were the first pioneers of Canterbury,” says event organiser Chris Fechney.

“You can wander the gardens and bring a picnic or purchase food from the restaurant, which will be open as a cafe for the day. The complex houses four museums including Military, Sports, Everyday items and Machinery.

There is something for everyone to view and men really enjoy it.

“The stables are where the Clydesdales used to live and are made from bricks produced on the property, and there is a water-driven turbine. It is a great day for newcomers to the city, as well as people who grew up here, to learn the history of the area.

“Come along and see the 1905 All Blacks Tour to Wales display with Bob Deans’ jerseys. We have old trikes and Mona Anderson’s typewriters, books and her wedding dress. Moana lived at Mount Algidus Station and is famous for writing the book A River Rules My Life, as well as many others.

“There will be a history talk on William Deans, who was one of the first pioneers, and Louise Deans will have her amazing book available for purchase for $35, which includes a lot of history. Come and join us at 2142 Homebush Road, Homebush, just before Coalgate, and 11 kilometres from Darfield. Entry is $5 with children under 14 years old free.”