Members were treated to some wonderful Kiwi hospitality on 23rd of September when they visited 8 Edward Street, Richmond – Mapledurham (formerly Roseneath), the home of John and Carol Syme.
Their house which is listed in the Tasman District Council’s District scheme as a house of “Historic Interest” presented its best face to about 20 members on a day of bright and windy sunshine.
It was built of heart rimu between 1909 and 1910 by Richmond’s well-known builder W.E.Wilkes. With over 3 metre high ceilings,
corner fireplaces and two porte-cocheres at the main entrances, it is a beautiful example of Edwardian craftsmanship using New Zealand materials and with its two long verandahs on the north-eastern and west sides of the house designed for New Zealand conditions.
Note the pressed metal sheet in the gable end and detailed wood decoration.
After the current owners had been introduced to the group, and the President had presented some background information on George Kidd
Afterwards, John and Carole treated members to a magnificent afternoon tea, very much in keeping with the house and lifestyle of the period. Later the President thanked them and made a presentation of period china.