BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUMhttps://theflyer.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/EL5845-Meteor-III-Hydrofoil.jpg15001002The Flyer MagazineThe Flyer Magazinehttps://theflyer.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/EL5845-Meteor-III-Hydrofoil.jpg
The Meteor story began in 1950 when a young Frank Haworth, fresh from flying Catalinas in the Pacific, arrived in Queenstown. William Rees, the founder of Queenstown, was Frank’s great grandfather, so he arrived with historical links and an adventurous pedigree. Frank bought the small service launch and began his busy life as a tourist operator.
“Bus tours started coming into vogue. Also, (there were) wealthy Americans touring after the war…It wasn’t so much what the boat was offering, but what the scenery was offering. I met some amazing people. Some were brash and loud-mouthed, but most were very fine, good-living people.” Frank Haworth
Frank’s seven-day-a-week business offered short lake trips during the summer season for 3/6d (35 cents). His work also included hire-outs, commercial activities with high country stations and government departments, acting as a lake ambulance and transporting visiting dignitaries.
Lakes District Museum is open every day from 10am to 4pm.
The Ray White Autumn Festival Art Exhibition is running at Lakes District Museum until Sunday, May 23. This has been a favourite event at the Arrowtown Autumn Festival for years and this year is the biggest one yet. We have had a record number of submissions and we’re very excited to share it with the public. Our selection committee received more than 250 pieces of art to look through, with approximately 200 of those able to be featured. The exhibition features works in many different mediums – jewellery, ceramics, painting, photography, and mixed media.
Our guest artist and judge this year is Tom Simpson, of Arrowtown. Generous sponsorship from Ray White enabled us to have a $3500 prize for the Ray White Arrowtown Premier Painting Award.
All works are for sale.
Frank Haworth Skipper of the Meteor-2
The Meteor 3 up on its hydroplanes in Queenstown Bay
The Earnslaw and Meteor racing in the Frankton Arm