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56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame

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Address: 56 Eden Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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+64 3-434 2300
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Author Janet Frame lived at 56 Eden Street from the age of six until she...

Author Janet Frame lived at 56 Eden Street from the age of six until she left Oamaru after completing secondary school. Her childhood became one of the best known of any New Zealander after she wrote of its joys and sorrows in her bestselling autobiography, which was immortalised in the celebrated film An Angel at my Table. The property as it stands today is the story of the re-framing of this modest dwelling. At each step the work has been carefully carried out to ensure that no permanent damage was done to the original fabric. The key rooms are very much as they looked during the Frame residency. The dining room (with its original lino) and the bedrooms have not changed since those days. The house is not a restoration, it has become what is now called a re-framing, a combination of known facts and recollections. In many ways, the house is as the first lines in To the Is-Land '.. with its mixture of facts and memories of truths'. The Janet Frame Eden Street Trust owns and administers the property at 56 Eden Street, Oamaru. Opening Hours 2.00 - 4.00pm daily during the summer (1st November to 30 April).

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Throwback to sixties kiwiana

Very knowledgeable curator present, choice of exhibits helpful and very atmospheric. A must for lovers of Janet Frame.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Very knowledgeable curator present, choice of exhibits helpful and very atmospheric. A must for lovers of Janet Frame.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Alas I was a week too early as the house wasn't open but I could peer through the windows! It has been furnished in 1930's style and it looks as though Janet had just stepped out for a few moments! I would have loved to go inside.

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review of the Janet Frame Home even though we weren't open for the season! We open from the first of November to the end of April so I do hope you have a chance to return. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

I've been here once and loved seeing where Janet Frame and her family lived. It's well preserved and staff are friendly. If you have time head over to the cemetery to see where Janet Frame is buried.

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Janet Frame Eden Street house. I am really pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

A restful and reflective visit, lovely to listen to Janet Frames voice while sitting in the room with the lino on the floor that she had remembered and spoken about. Great to see recognition of this aspect of our culture and a wonderful place for us to access something of the person. Sensitively and quietly done, thank you

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the house. I am pleased you enjoyed your experience. The lino is one of my favourite features too. More 

Oamaru, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

The house is lovely and in good condition, although I beleive a lot of things were left from the previous owners. Not worth it, stories made up to make it seem interesting, but are completley unfactual and false. It would be wise for the trust to check their facts before selling it to the public, although this may have changed... More 

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

The Janet Frame house has been very carefully ‘re-framed’. Janet Frame herself (both in person when she visited the property and through reading her autobiography) provided advice as did members of her family. The intention is to engender the spirit of the home as it was during Janet Frame's residence there is the 1930s and 1940s. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2015

The house is (mostly) original ie as it was in Frame's day; furniture is not and in fact feels out of place. But for Frame fans, it's a must.

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate visitor feedback. More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2015

A must visit, to the childhood home of one of NZ's most read, most famous, most unforgettable, writers. Well set out, the rooms give a good impression of her life, familiar to us from her writing, as does the garden. Good written information, and authentic furnishings and items from the period.

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate visitor feedback. Glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2015

Janet Frame is one of my favourite authors and to visit one of her homes was special. The house has been beautifully maintained and lots of information is provided. Great value for $5.

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate visitor feedback and I am glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

I was thrilled to be able to see the childhood home of what I consider one of the world's greatest writers. Her books are masterpieces. Unfortunately, the house was closed for visitors at the time we went. I would have LOVED to have been able to look around. But an outside look was a lot better than nothing. I would... More 

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate visitor feedback. Sorry the house was closed when you visited. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

Well, it's a must in Southland too, or NZ, or... The childhood home of probably the most famous, and probably the most important NZ writer (Not Katherine Mansfield, oh wickedness!). This is a very well kept museum, and although few original fixtures remain the structure is virtually as was, a leaflet takes you round and explains things well, the curator... More 

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Chloe S, Trustee at 56 Eden Street - The Childhood Home of Janet Frame, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate visitor feedback. More 

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