Gillian is well known as the Patron of Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, having had a long involvement in the Museum from it’s early days during the time when the old building was flooded twice, the restoration of Vallance Cottage, and construction of the new Central Stories building. In this interview with Sue MacKenzie, Gillian describes her early life and schooling in Alexandra, covering topics such as social activities and the polio epidemic. Gillian trained in Dunedin as a school teacher, and later married Bill Grant. Their lives together go on to traverse such endeavours as farming pigs, quarrying and stone masonry supply for key buildings such as the Alexandra Post office and the construction of the Cromwell Mall, pioneering grape growing in Central Otago and the establishment of VinPro, a mobile grape processing plant.

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Interviewer: Sue Mackenzie
Interview Dates:
March 2020

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