Welcome to Stoddart's Cottage

Stoddarts Cottage

Located to the back of the playing field and behind the shops of Diamond Harbour is tucked away a beautifully restored 19th century cottage and garden. Brought over from Australia and constructed by Mark Pringle Stoddart around 1860, Stoddart's Cottage became the birthplace and a home of one of New Zealand's foremost flower painters and early landscape artists, Margaret Olrog Stoddart (1865-1934).

During the 14 years the Stoddart family lived at the cottage they extended the original small two-roomed cottage by adding an additional front portion and a lean-to to provide additional accommodation for their growing family. In more recent years a local group of enthusiasts began restoring the cottage to its former glory and in 1990, the Historic Places Trust awarded the cottage a "B" classification.

Upkeep and maintenance continues on both cottage and garden and they are open for public visits most Sundays throughout the year, often accompanied by a local arts/craft exhibition and sometimes Victorian cream teas. A gold coin donation towards the upkeep and maintenance of the cottage during your visit is much appreciated to help maintain this lovely historical cottage and garden.
For forthcoming exhibitions and events at the cottage, please see their website.

For further information, please contact: Annie Baxter (03) 329 4779 or Maddi Naylor (03) 329 4419.