Wartime archives gif  ted to museum

By Rebekah Fraser

A large collection of wartime memories has been handed over to the Hokitika Museum for safekeeping.
The Westland RSA has gifted the museum its archives on permanent loan as it vacates its clubrooms in Sewell Street.
The veterans were locked out of the building earlier this month after concerns the building was not up to earthquake standards.
RSA president Lyall Delore said the donated items would join other RSA pieces already held by the museum.
Included in the items is an old bugle, medals, rare prints of watercolour paintings, newspapers, minute books and plenty of photographs.
“It’s a small part of history but a large part of our local history.”
Director Julia Bradshaw said each item would eventually be catalogued and available for the public to access.
“There are items here that will be of huge interest to family members and military researchers in general.”