Artwork [Sketch of First Mataura Post Office]; Walton, H; 1966; MT2015.13


Artwork [Sketch of First Mataura Post Office]

About this object

Sketch; pencil and water colour sketch of Mataura's first Post Office on Kana Street. Here is the back story from our book 'Mataura City of the Falls'.

'The building, looking very much like a church was erected with timber brought over from England in the 1860s. Originally the timber was meant for two buildings - one in the North Island and one in the South Island. Somehow there was a mix up in the timbers (which were numbered in sections) and the ultimate and entirely unforeseen result was a building unique in design. The old wooden structure with its high pitched gables and oddly-shaped windows became something of a landmark. It served as the District's Post Office until 1877. It then served as a dwelling and was used by the Perry family before being demolished in 1968.


Walton, H

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Date Made


Medium and Materials

processed materials, paper
processed materials, writing fluid, ink

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura




h 255mm x w 360mm

Subject and Association Keywords

transport and communication/postal service

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type

art work

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Orphaned work

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