The Eureka filing cabinet is safe and sound, and with all its historic records intact.
“They are damp and ‘orrible but seemingly all there!” says resident Sue Edmonds.
Thieves broke into the hall on State Highway 26 and stole the cabinet along with one hundred years of detailed records from school, clubs and other businesses.
The cabinet was found in Waihou, and Kaimai Valley Services brought it back home using their hi-ab truck.
The records are slightly damp but nothing is ruined, says Sue.
“To move the cabinet must have taken the combined efforts of several males, and who knows what they thought was inside.”
The community is happy to have the records back; if they had been destroyed a part of Waikato’s history would have been lost.
Heritage committees are currently working with Waikato District Council and collections of the region’s historic date will eventually be housed in a museum to be built in Huntly.
“We shall presumably go on storing them here until the council decides what will be stored at their offices, and what will go in the new museum.
“However, the cabinet will have a large notice on it in future which says ‘These are just our archives, and have no value to anyone except those in Eureka.’