Early Queenstown Ice Rinks
23rd May 2010

Aardwolfs Ice Hockey Club


Early Queenstown Ice Rinks
Lat: 43'00'00.04S Long: 171'00'00.00E Elevation 000M
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Early Queenstown
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Information: Ice skating has been popular in the Queenstown area since the early 1900s. During the 1930s there were very severe winters and it was common for Moke Lake and Lake Dispute to freeze over with fifteen centimetres of ice. The Park Pond, which is near the present ice rink, also used to freeze over for two months each winter. The new Queenstown Rink (original) opened on June 4th 1966. The Queenstown Ice Skating Club was formed a year later. The manager was Eoin Buckley. The freezing plant was from an old freezing works and had been used for other ice rinks before being sent to Queenstown. It had no automatic start up so Eoin had to start and reset the plant each time there was a power failure. This was a common occurrence in Queenstown at that time and Eoin had to sleep at the rink in the school holidays to restart and maintain the plant so the ice was retained. The Queenstown Ice Skating Club was established and incorporated in 1968. This club which included figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey was started by Kath Craven, Diane Buckley, Gill Harvey and Margaret Mills.
Picture from the ODT

A group of young skaters poses for the camera on the frozen pond at the Queenstown Gardens, probably about the 1890s.
Photo by Lakes District Museum Collection. REF: EL 1757.

Sunday 00th July 0000

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Reference: NZ Ice Skating Association (Inc) 50th Jubilee 1937-1987
History of the NZISA (Inc) Published by Rhona Whitehouse

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