We had a number of reasons for our trip south - both a holiday and family history research were on the list.
In Manapouri, I was keen to have a look at any 'records' the Murrells might be willing to share, and to photograph some of their collection of paintings and photographs.
So, here are some of them:
And there were other delights, such as the photographs and trophies in the Guest House itself:
This fellow watches over one of the corridors!
Another fine specimen keeping watch sightlessly
An early view of the Guest House
A party in the Wilmot Pass
Apparently the Accommodation House at Lake Manapouri
Robert Murrell - Young Bob
Margaret Murrell with three of her sons - possibly Graham, Leslie & Burton
A young Leslie Murrell Burton & Alice Murrell & their children
Young Burton & Jack Murrell
Alice & Burton Murrell
The dining room fireplace, Grandview Guest House
Kitchen scales in front of the kitchen window, Grand View Guest House
And there were a couple of real treasures which Jack & Klaske were willing to share with me:
A file-box of recipe cards put together by Margaret Murrell, capturing a selection of Guest House 'standards' (more of them another day)
Manapouri Post Office record book, 1896, which was kept by the Murrells and tracked all of the letter & parcel deliveries by Post during the period!
And a delightful scrapbook of ephemera and memorabilia kept by the (first) Margaret Murrell
These are a collection of lace samples
This is how scrapbooking was done originally!