25 January 2017
An historic seat has recently been reinstated in Naseby.
The seat was presented to the Mayor William Strong and Naseby Borough Councillors in 1924 by Elizabeth Brown to commemorate the memory of her late husband Trooper Alexander Brown. Brown was born in Dunedin and served in the South African War. From 1911 until his death (aged 42) in 1922 he was proprietor of the Ancient Briton Hotel in Naseby. He is buried in the Naseby Cemetery.
About five or six years ago the park seat (which it is believed had been missing its plaque since the 1950s or 1960s) was removed from the Naseby War Memorial Reserve to a Council depot, but was later recovered by family.
The seat's significance was brought to the attention of Central Otago District Council through last year's Maniototo Ward Reserve Management Plan submission process by Trooper Brown descendants and Naseby cribbies Karl and Noreen Schasching (pictured by the seat).
The seat has since been restored to its former glory by local builder Phil Flanagan at the request of the family and reinstated into its original home within the Naseby War Memorial Reserve by Council.