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In 1862 Gold was discovered throughout the Central Otago…

In 1862 Gold was discovered throughout the Central Otago and 150 years later we are celebrating this milestone.


I’ve not had a lot of time off lately and it seems the trend will continue for a week or two yet as I develop software for Skydive Wanaka, so it’s all ready for the busy season starting soon, so not having many new images I thought I’d offer a few to go with our gold mining history…

Featuring St Bathans, and yes it used to be called “The Blue Lake of St Bathans”, but as far as I can recall a flood event a decade or two changed the mineral composition of the water, which had filled old mine shafts… there’s a link lower down if you’re interested.

St Bathans is an historic¬†Central Otago¬†mining town¬†near the foot of the Hawkdun and Dunstan Ranges, 60 kilometres north of Alexandra, off SH85 (Alexandra to Ranfurly). Established in 1863 to service the area‚Äôs newly-established goldmines, in the 150 years since, St Bathans has become a special place. The town¬†enables today’s visitors to learn about the area‚Äôs mining history, see several historic buildings and admire the Central Otago landscape that it nestles in.

More via Dept of Conservation web site  St Bathans: Otago.