Official Web Site of the Janet Frame Estate
Literary Tourism in the 'Kingdom By the Sea'
Contact the Oamaru Information Centre:
1 Thames Street, Oamaru
Telephone +64-3-434 1656
Information about opening hours at 56 Eden Street,
and other places of interest on the 'Janet Frame Trail'.
Janet Frame guided tours, Janet Frame walks.
Brochures and flyers, bookings.
Places of interest include:
· 56 Eden Street
· Willowglen (Chelmer Street)
· Oamaru Gardens
· The site of the public Baths
· Final Resting Place
· The Old Town
· Opera House
· Railway Station
· Waitaki Girls' High School
· Oamaru North School
· Oamaru Public Library
· Athenaeum (now the museum)
Janet Frame exhibits
North Otago Museum, Oamaru, New Zealand
The Oamaru Public Library has a fine Janet Frame Collection including many foreign translations of Janet Frame's writings: Dutch, German, French, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Turkish, Brazilian, etc.
Dunedin: Birth and Death
Dunedin was the birthplace of Janet Frame and although she spent most of her life elsewhere she returned to Dunedin to live on several occasions, and she also settled back in South Dunedin towards the end of her life, just a few streets away from the house where her parents had lived when she was born.
In Dunedin city environs, three separate plaques commemorate Janet Frame's connection with the region: one is situated in the Octagon just beside the statue of Robert Burns; another is to be found right outside the main entrance to the Railway Station at the bottom of Lower Stuart Street. The third plaque is located in a public reserve at Seacliff, once part of the grounds of the former Seacliff Hospital gardens.
Janet Frame House
56 Eden Street Oamaru, New Zealand
Janet Frame's childhood home at 56 Eden Street is now open to the public every day in summer from 2 pm to 4 pm (November to April) and at other times by arrangement (contact the Oamaru Visitor Centre).
The Frame family lived in the house from 1931 to 1943.
The Janet Frame House is owned and cared for by the ‘Janet Frame Eden Street Trust’. Please visit their website for an invitation to join the 'Friends of the Janet Frame House'
OTHER NZ WRITERS' HOUSES:
Katherine Mansfield Birthplace
25 Tinakori Road
Ngaio Marsh House
Dan Davin House
36 Morton Street
Visit by appointment only
Contact Mayor's Office
Ph: (03) 211 1777 (03) 211 1777
Frank Sargeson House
14 Esmonde Road
Visit by appointment only
Contact Takapuna Public Library
Ph: (09) 486 8460
Final resting place at the Frame family grave,
Greta Street Oamaru
Last modified 13 April 2013
In Takapuna, on Auckland's North Shore, Frank Sargeson's former home can be found at 14 Esmonde Road. Janet Frame boarded with Frank Sargeson from 1955 to 1956 in a short but significant stay during which she wrote her first novel Owls Do Cry. She lived and worked in a now-demolished small army hut behind the house. After returning from Europe in 1963 she was a regular visitor to the small fibrolite bach as she visited or stayed with her old friend and erstwhile mentor.