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Lasting legacy . . . Two of Bushtown's foundation members Joy McIvor and John Stevens plant a totara tree. PHOTO: ROSE TAUTARI

Two totara trees planted at Bushtown Waimate last week will become living history of the past and present.

The trees were planted during the Steam Up open day last Sunday. One was in commemoration of Bushtown’s foundation members and the other was to acknowledge frontline workers in the Waimate district during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A large mural by Waimate artist Pat Baker, painted for the Waimate Edwardian Heritage Group, was also unveiled.

Bushtown secretary Ann Dennison was pleased the weather held off for the special event, which attracted a crowd of about 80 people.

Powering ahead . . . Alistair Boyce and Guy Wigley arrive a 1906 Burrell double crank compound traction engine. PHOTO: ROSE TAUTARI

The sight and sound of the traditional Bill O’Donnell sawmill in action was always a popular drawcard, she said.

“[It] provided an opportunity for many of the Bushtown supporters to socialise with friends, view photos, share stories of the past and discuss future plans for Bushtown,” Mrs Dennison said.

The next projects include another artwork by Waimate artist Bill Scott, featuring early pioneer women; completing the Kurow Bridge section of the miniature railway; and beginning work on two displays forest to farming and the great fire of 1878.