Many celebrations of gold rush ahead
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.