New date set for big cottage move

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The shift of the historic Ferryman’s Cottage from Waihao to the Bushtown Heritage Site in Waimate is back on track.

Bushtown secretary Ann Dennison said unforeseen circumstances with transport delayed the original December 10 shift date, but now Bushtown planned to have the cottage at its new Waimate location in just over a week.

“We’ve got some sort of date now to work towards,” she said.

“We’re looking at a moving date of loading on the 13th, moving on the 14th.”

The final checks on the Ferryman’s Cottage to ensure it was fully braced for the move were under way.

The cottage would be moved in the early hours of January 14 to avoid traffic.

The roof of the cottage was transported to Bushtown in Waimate last month, and would be attached to the rest of the cottage as soon as possible after it arrived, she said.

“It will be good to see it all together and on site,” she said.

The Ferryman’s Cottage was built in 1870.

It was originally the boundary man’s cottage for the Waikakahi estate and was later used as a rest stop for people unable to traverse the Waihoa River when it was in flood.

The building was donated to the Bushtown Heritage Site by David and Faye Martin.

By DAVID DE LOREAN