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Automobile Association Otago (Inc.)

Collection | Ref # 95-056 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Automobile Association Otago (Inc.)


Automobile Association Otago (Inc.)

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14.50 linear metres

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The Otago Motor Association was formed in 1905 with Mr J.(later Sir James) Mills as president and an initial membership of 40. In 1912 the Association amalgamated with the Otago Motor Cycle Club to form the Otago Motor Club. In 1935 the name changed to the Automobile Association Otago Incorporated in line with similar developments throughout the country.

The Association organised weekend outings, driving tests and competitions. As it grew its activities were extended and directed more to the general betterment of motoring conditions. These included the improvement of bridges and the introduction of road safety measures. The Otago Association, one of the strongest in New Zealand, fought for the principle that motor tax should be used in improving roads. In 1919 it pushed for the formation of a national roads policy and to this end the Main Highways Act was eventually passed.

The Association also introduced school patrols, and was involved in the erection and maintenance of road signs. It produced special maps and brochures for motorists and tourists and held regular rallies for its members, of which the Sundstrum rally was the principal event. The AA also provided its members with information on road conditions, breakdown services and camping sites.

AA Otago was one of several independent affiliated associations which merged to become the New Zealand Automobile Association in 1991.

Scope and contents:

Includes a complete series of minutes from 1906-1979; subject and general correspondence files, copies of circulars and minutes of the New Zealand Automobile Association and the South Island Motor Union; financial and membership records; year books and road guides; and the Association's working maps and registers for road signs in Otago.

Dates covered:

1900 - 1992

Access conditions:

Not restricted

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Otago Region

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