Many cel­e­bra­tions of gold rush ahead

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago and Queen­stown Lakes com­mu­ni­ties will mark his­tory this week as they cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of the dis­cov­ery of gold. Clyde’s main street from 150 years ago will be brought back to life, with a 70 me­tre replica of the build­ings from the time built in the grounds of Clyde Pri­mary School. Artist Graeme Miller, of Clyde, and Pro­mote Dun­stan chair­man Rory But­ler, of Alexan­dra, have spent hours us­ing fa­cades of tim­ber and painted can­vas to recre­ate the old build­ings in the town dur­ing the gold rush. Mr But­ler said more than 60 build­ings would be part of the dis­play and the pair had hunted out old pho­to­graphs to make sure they were as life­like as pos­si­ble. The replica of the town will be open for view­ing at the school’s sports field from Thurs­day un­til Oc­to­ber 24. On Labour Day a Gold Rush Grand Parade fea­tur­ing horse­drawn carts, vin­tage cars, fire bri­gade equip­ment and peo­ple dressed up in pe­riod cos­tumes of the times will also be held along Suther­land St in Clyde. Vin­cent Community Board mem­bers will be dressed up as their pre­de­ces­sors from the old county coun­cil days for the parade, but as there were no women coun­cil­lors 150 years ago board chair­woman Clair Hig­gin­son and mem­ber Claire Goudie will have to go as wash­er­women. From Fri­day all 450 Glenorchy res­i­dents and vis­i­tors will mark 150 years of set­tle­ment at the head of Lake Wakatipu. The Ar­row­town community will also come to­gether to cel­e­brate the spe­cial an­niver­sary with more than 200 peo­ple tak­ing part in a reen­act­ment of the ar­rival of the gold rush at the Ar­row River.

Gold fever: Clyde artist Graeme Miller works on recre­at­ing build­ings from the town 150 years ago for a 70m replica of Clyde’s main street which will go on dis­play at Clyde Pri­mary School this week.

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