The Janet Frame House

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The Janet Frame House

The Janet Frame House
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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 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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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,266 contributions
Apr 2021
Stopped in to have a look - expected something like a museum but it was really a house that could well have been lived in that day. Nice and natural with a number of items that we remembered from our own childhood. Loved the toilet with the torn up newspapers for use - well remember that. Overall very interesting and not a stuffy museum exhibition. The guide had a fund of stories and was worth listening to. Recommend
Written 21 April 2021
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Graham B
Raunds, UK636 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
As you travel up Eden Street you come across this ordinary house with a photo and board. It is Janet Frame’s House. It only opens for a couple hours a day and we couldn’t go then. If she is one of your favourite writers then this is a must!
Written 7 April 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to review 56 Eden Street, the childhood home of Janet Frame. We appreciate it.
Written 8 April 2019
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Jude G
Golden Bay, New Zealand87 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
I agree that this is a must for those who love Janet Frame's writing and are fascinated, as I am, by the autobiographical nature of it. It might not be interesting those who are not interested in her work and life, so go on your own if you have to, as I did, and immerse yourself in her home. It's a poignant illustration of the time of her formative life...
Written 29 April 2017
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Thank for taking the time to review 56 Eden Street and I am glad you enjoyed your visit to this special place.
Written 30 April 2017
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tortellinipanda
Liverpool, UK64 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Very knowledgeable curator present, choice of exhibits helpful and very atmospheric. A must for lovers of Janet Frame.
Written 13 February 2017
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Thank you for taking the time to review 56 Eden St
Written 30 April 2017
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Juliesamari
Sale, Cheshire, UK270 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
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.
Written 26 October 2016
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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.
Written 27 October 2016
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BelChch
Christchurch, New Zealand79 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
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.
Written 16 May 2016
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Thank you for taking the time to review the Janet Frame Eden Street house. I am really pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written 18 May 2016
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nzjo1
Whangarei, New Zealand5 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
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
Written 16 December 2015
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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.
Written 17 December 2015
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JacquiFodie
Oamaru, New Zealand26 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
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 since I have visited.
Written 27 July 2015
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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.
Written 13 October 2015
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LJC49
London131 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
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.
Written 25 February 2015
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate visitor feedback.
Written 13 October 2015
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NZnight
Copenhagen, Denmark57 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
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.
Written 14 February 2015
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate visitor feedback. Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 13 October 2015
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The Janet Frame House is open:
  • Sun - Sat 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM