Friday, 1 November 2013 11:35am
History and walks
A town born of gold, nestled at the foot of the mountains of western Otago, Arrowtown has retained much of its goldfields character, with historic buildings and goldmining sites. It is also a picturesque place and a popular holiday destination. The essence of the town has been captured in Arrowtown: History and Walks, by Julia Bradshaw.
The book serves as a guide to the area and as an attractive souvenir. It describes local natural history, the geology that gave rise to the gold and scheelite mining industries, and outlines the town's history. Two chapters are devoted to detailed descriptions of walks around Arrowtown's historic buildings and in the tussock-covered hills and gullies north of the town. The book is illustrated with numerous historical and contemporary photographs. Maps are included.
JULIA BRADSHAW is a researcher and writer formerly based in Arrowtown, where she worked as a researcher and exhibitions person at the Lakes District Museum. She is now curator at the West Coast Historical Museum, Hokitika. She has written books and articles and undertaken oral history projects, mostly about the history and people of the Lakes District and South Westland. She is the author of The Far Downers: The People and History of Haast and Jackson Bay (Otago University Press, 2010).
Paperback, 64 pages, ISBN 978 1 877276 20 0, $19.95