Old lamps get chance to shine out again
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.