Waiheke Island Historical Society

P O Box 206, Ostend, Waiheke Island 1843, New Zealand

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New Woolshed

Keane Cottage

Goodwin Cottage

Champion Cottage

Day Cottage

Police cell


Goodwin Cottage

Goodwin Cottage

Goodwin Cottage, acquired by the Historical Society in 1990, is the only one of the Historic Village’s three residential cottages to have been designed for electricity. The island was connected to the national electricity grid in 1953, and this cottage would have been built shortly after then.

Used for several years as a caretaker’s residence, Goodwin Cottage is now outfitted in the style of the 1950s. The kitchen shows what domestic life was like in that era, and a schoolroom reflects the education available at the Blackpool School. Another room has also been turned into a small grocery store, of the kind that dotted the Waiheke communities at that time.


1950s kitchen  Grocery store

In addition to domestic scenes, Goodwin Cottage houses much of the Historical Society’s photographic collection. The salon is devoted entirely to photography — framed photographs and the vintage cameras that may have taken them, as well as newspapers from the pre-television era with their emphasis on sometimes dramatic photography.

Photography  Photography


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This page last modified on 28 April 2013.