Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Day of the Sheep

At the very first opening of the Frame house in Oamaru to the public in November 2005, a marquee was erected in the back yard of 56 Eden Street. Members of the public and supporters of the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust listened to speeches and were treated to a reading of excerpts from Janet Frame's work by actors Hilary Norris and Prue Clark from Dunedin performance group Panache.

At some stage during the festivities, somebody noticed that a lone black sheep was standing on the hill behind the house and was looking over the back fence into the property.

Bill Tramposch, former CEO of NZ's Historic Places Trust, and founding member of the Eden Street Trust, who with his wife Peggy originally had the vision to purchase and restore Janet Frame's childhood home, is here pictured with the sheep he fondly nicknamed "Janet".

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