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 Let’s talk Central Otago Heritage

June 16th, 2022|Categories: Heritage Winter Series|

Warm up your winter with a healthy dose of heritage. Central Otago Heritage Trust has teamed up with our local museums to offer three events that put Central Otago’s heritage in the spotlight. For the price of a cup of coffee, we’ll make sure you’re kept cosy and that you leave knowing more about the fascinating place we call Central. Dr. Mike Pole [...]

Gold miner reaches final resting place

May 16th, 2022|Categories: Heritage News|

Otago Daily Times, 16 May 2022 Up to 300 people turned out in Cromwell on Saturday to farewell not only a complete stranger but a man who died generations before anyone in attendance was even born. The unknown gold miner’s remains were discovered buried near Cromwell in 1983, during archaeological work ahead of construction of the Clyde Dam and highway. Evidence of grave robbing was discovered which had occurred sometime [...]

Grand plans for historic homestead

May 10th, 2022|Categories: Heritage News|

Haka Tourism Group founder Ryan Sanders first learnt the Earnscleugh Station Homestead was for sale when a staff member sent him the link as a possible site for luxury backpackers accommodation. He had other ideas, sending it to his husband, Marco Creemers, with a note saying, ‘‘Stuff that, we’ll live there’’. The couple were in Alexandra this week with friends and family to organise waterproofing of the category 1 listed [...]

Golden generations help keep panning alive

May 10th, 2022|Categories: gold mining|

Central News - 21 April 2022 If you want to learn how to pan for gold, there are probably no better teachers than a family which has three generations of New Zealand champions and a former world champion. The Ide family of Frankton and Bannockburn were helping out at the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust (OGHT) Family Fun Day on Sunday, teaching other families how to pan for gold. Stu Ide [...]

Bringing Post Office back to life for town

May 10th, 2022|Categories: St Bathans|

Central News - 21 April 2022 Steeped in history, the St Bathans Post Office is set to tell the stories of the area’s past. Opened in 1909, the St Bathans Post Office was designed by the government architect of public works John Campbell — the architect behind the Dunedin Police Station, Law Courts and Parliament buildings — replacing the original single-storey post office built in the 1860s. It gained category [...]

Service, final resting place for gold miner

May 5th, 2022|Categories: Clutha river, gold mining|

Central News - 5 May 2022 A funeral for an unknown gold miner whose remains were discovered buried near Cromwell four decades ago is to be held next week — giving him a final resting place more than 140 years after he died. A funeral organised by Alexandra-based funeral director Lynley Claridge, of Affinity Funerals, is planned for May 14. She hopes he will come to symbolise the hardship and [...]

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