26 Jun 2015

New home for 114-year-old historic chair

3:13 pm on 26 June 2015

It's 114 years since the Caledonian Society of Otago unveiled a commemorative stone chair in front of a crowd of 17,000 onlookers.

The commemorative stone chair

The commemorative stone chair Photo: RNZ / Darryl Baser

It was officially handed over to Toitu Settlers Museum in front of a crowd of around 20 people today.

The Waikawa bluestone chair was commissioned by the Caledonian Society of Otago to commemorate the visit to Dunedin of Prince George and Princess May, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York.

The Duke and Duchess later became King George V and Queen Mary.

Caledonian Society of Otago secretary and life director John Stinson said the stone chair spent many years in front of the Caledonian ground in south Dunedin and, when the society moved, the decision was made to gift it to the Otago Settlers Museum.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum Director Jennifer Evans was pleased to welcome the chair back to public display where she said it would be more than a decorative exhibit.

"Typically, we don't let people sit on exhibits but this an exception," Ms Evans said.

The Caledonian Society Stone Chair sits at the entrance to the Education Room at Toitu Settlers Museum.

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