By Robyn Bristow
The history of the Cheviot district is now told in a colourful mural on a wall of the Cheviot Museum.
The Museum committee , in an endeavour to raise the profile of the museum, commissioned local artist Ashley Smith to design a mural.
Kaiapoi artist Mark Larsen then joined the project to help bring it to life.
The collaborative work on the front wall of the building tells the story of Ready Money Robinson, who bought Cheviot Hills estate and built a homestead built on his station in 1888. It burnt down in 1936 – all of which is depicted in the mural.
The mural also includes Maori and moa hunters who were part of the district’s early history and the wreck of the Maude Graham in Port Robinson.
There is also a boat on the slip way at the Port as wool was exported from there in row boats which took the wool out to ships waiting off shore.
The work was finished in time to be admired during the recent Cheviot Spring festival which drew visitors from Kaikoura to Christchurch.