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In the great flood of 1878 was a re­port of Bal­moral home [Archibald’s house] sub­merged un­der 2.5 me­ters of wa­ter, while the fam­ily camped out in tents on the sand hills near their home. This flood was in fact sev­eral floods - Septem­ber 25-26, Septem­ber 29-30 and Oc­to­ber 4 and Oc­to­ber 12. Th­ese flood were the mak­ing of Inch Clutha. Be­fore then the ground was very un­even, the tus­socks stand­ing up so the plough­ing was prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble. Flood waters brought down a lot of silt which lev­elled up the ground and a great deal of the veg­e­ta­tion died out so cul­ti­va­tion be­came quite easy. to the Inch Clutha Pres­by­te­rian Church 150 years ago is housed, and still rings out each Sun­day.

Then it was back to Stir­ling for the un­veil­ing of a plaque by Craw­ford An­der­son of Wanaka to com­mem­o­rate his birth­day and the nam­ing of Stir­ling af­ter his birth­place Stir­ling, in Scot­land.

The plaque, and an in­for­ma­tion panel, is be­side the oak tree planted at the 1985 re­u­nion.

Lunch at the Athenaeum fol­lowed, with the fam­ily also vis­it­ing the An­der­son fam­ily homes at Stir­ling and Inch Clutha, and burial sites at Bal- clutha ceme­ter­ies. Fam­ily arte­facts are on dis­play at the South Otago Mu­seum, Bal­clutha.

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