Opawa Homestead Ice Skating Pond
17th July 2013

Aardwolfs Ice Hockey Club


Opawa Homestead Ice Skating Rink
Lat: 44'16'07.68S Long: 171'46'44.39E Elevation 000M
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Opawa Homestead Contact Details:
Information: The Opawa Homestead was the property of Mr Matthew Wills in Mt Nessing in Albury, South Canterbury. Famous for being the site of the inaugural meeting of the New Zealand Ice Skating Association on 25th June 1937 in a caravan, This was held after local farm workers had played the initial game for the Erewhon Cup. This was on a rink constructed with the aid of draught horses and which is still remaining as a pond in front of the house.Mr Matthew Wills Died in 1965.

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Above: The exact location hasn't been found yet but Opawa Homestead is supposed to be in the Mt Nessing area.
Below: The Google map of the Mt Nessing area.

Sunday 15th July 2007

Photo of the Photo By Glen Cameron

Ice Hockey being played on the big pond in front of the Opawa homestead.
Reference: NZ Ice Skating Association (Inc) 50th Jubilee 1937-1987
History of the NZISA (Inc) Published by Rhona Whitehouse
Historical notes of the Opawa Homestead

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