Recent events at Godley Head

In the past month there have been visits to Godley Head by the Avonhead and Russley Scouts (overnight camp), the Christchurch Land Rover Owners Club and the Christchurch Radio Club (civil defence exercise).


Godley Head Heritage Trust joins with the Garrison Society

The Trust has recently joined forces with the Garrison Society, a Marlborough based home front and military historical preservation group which is working on the former RNZAF base at Omaka, with the aim of converting it back to a functioning airbase. The Garrison Society's interest in interactive museums is a good fit with the goals of the Godley Head Heritage Trust.  It is hoped that the association will be mutually beneficial and that Christchurch members of the Garrison will help inject some new energy into the Trust. Alex Smith will represent the Society on the Executive of the Trust. Read more on Stuff

Radio Club at Godley Head 30-31 October 2016

A group of amateur radio operators ( Quake Contesters, call sign ZL3X) participated in a contest to try and contact as many other amateur radio operators as possible in a set period( 48 hours in this case.)


Antenna used for communication, attached to Officer's Mess building
Radio operators Geoff Clark (foreground) and Don McDonald

Archives room nearing completion


Members of the Trust have been  busy building shelves in the archives room.  All that remains to be done now is to paint the shelves and then the archives can be shifted into the room.



Working Bee

After  a long lull in activity caused by a combination of earthquake issues at the Head and the preoccupation of the Trust members with resolving their own earthquake related issues, we a are finally back on track and beginning to make progress again.A recent working bee took place to finish the painting of the archives room in our Heritage Centre. The  visitor area of the radar hut display was also given its first coat.
The archives room painted and ready for installation of shelves
Trust member Bill Mooar  cleaning out brushes.
First coat on visitor area of  the Radar Hut 

The following Radio New Zealand item features Graeme Hines, one of the Godley Head Trust Board members talking to a group of trainee soldiers who camped at the Head


Recent activity at the Head


DOC has been busy installing a septic tank system  for the new toilet block adjacent to the radar hut.







Meanwhile members of the Trust have continued to work on the radar hut.  The hut has been fully lined and a glassed in viewing area has been partitioned off from the display area.



Initial work has also been carried out on painting the archives room and cutting timber for shelving.  A final coat is still needed before the shelves can be installed.  The Trust now needs to raise funds to enable us to do the radar hut display.