Last updated: 2 June 2009

Pearns Hotel, Kumara

Collection | Ref # Arch 87 | Held by Christchurch City Libraries

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Pearns Hotel, Kumara


Pearns Hotel, Kumara

Level of description:



10 cm

Reference number:

Arch 87

Former NRAM reference number:



The records consist of one Cash Book and two oral history tapes, the tapes dating from 1990. The Cash Book is a bound photocopy, which also has diary entries.

Charlotte Mary Josephine Lewis, nee McGill, came to Hokitika about 1900 and worked at Pearns Hotel until her marriage to David Lewis. After her husband's death ten years later she bought the Hotel and ran it from 1917 until 1931, when the family moved to the Recreation Hotel in Greymouth, taking the original cash book with them. From about 1932, the diary entries are made by Mrs. Lewis' daughter, Maureen.

The cassettes record Brian Michael Fitzgerald, Mrs. Lewis' great-grandson, talking about Kumara, the Lewis family and others.


Dates covered:

1917 - 1936

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Format if not original:


Location of original:

In private hands (cash book)

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Grey District · Westland District


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