Old lamps get chance to shine out again

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

Naseby’s his­tory is shin­ing bright with lamps not used for 67 years back in ac­tion.

The com­mu­nity held a cer­e­mony on Fri­day night cel­e­brat­ing, with a flick of a switch, the restora­tion of 18 new replica lamps and two orig­i­nally re­stored lamps lin­ing the town streets.

Naseby Vi­sion chair­man John Craw­ford said with elec­tric­ity com­ing to the town in 1947, the oil lamps be­came re­dun­dant and taken down.

‘‘At dusk ev­ery night the lamp lighter Billy Ja­cobs would go out and light the lamps that would burn through­out the night. On May 16, 1947 he lit them for the last time and elec­tric­ity was on the next day.’’

Naseby Vi­sion took on the project due to com­mu­nity de­mand to re­in­state replica lights in the town and the group man­aged to raise $40,000, he said.

Fam­i­lies with a con­nec­tion to Naseby had spon­sored in­di­vid­ual lights which were marked with a small plaque recog­nis­ing the fam­ily, he said. The Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil had also made a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion, and there had been a huge vol­un­teer ef­fort, Craw­ford said.

Switched on: Naseby res­i­dents held a cer­e­mony to mark get­ting elec­tric­ity to the town’s re­stored lamps – two of which are orig­i­nals.

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