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Friday 1 November 2013 12:03pm

History and Heritage

Gavin McLean

oamaruThe book

Oamaru is a town built on nineteenth-century gold and grain booms, and the birthplace of the frozen meat. Nestling around its old port fringes is New Zealand's most intact Victorian architectural landscape. Using a 'Victorian Town at Work' theme to promote these unique features, Oamaru is now a major heritage centre.

Oamaru: History and Heritage by Gavin McLean explores the heritage of the southern town.

Born in Oamaru and a professional historian, McLean has an insider's eye and an historian's knowledge. He has written a comprehensive guide-book, offering an historical overview and companion for three walks around the town's most distinctive features. Each walk is fully described and illustrated in colour. There is also a guide to nearby attractions, including the limestone quarry, railway station and Totara Estate.

This attractive souvenir is an accessible, easy-to-read book that will appeal to locals and visitors alike.

Oamaru: History and Heritage is part of the popular eco-tourism series published by Otago University Press, which includes titles on Arrowtown, the Catlins, Stewart Island and Wanaka.

The author

GAVIN McLEAN, born in Oamaru, is an historian with the Ministry for Culture & Heritage. His recent books include Wellington 1840–1850 (2000), Captain's Log (2001), and 100 Historic Places in NZ (2002). He is based in Wellington.

Publication details

Paperback, 64 pages, illustrated, ISBN 978 1 877276 34 7, $19.95

Out of print

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