We lived in the North of New Zealand with its lovely beaches, and then in Australia. We’ve travelled a lot, but this is the place we’ve eventually chosen.
I feel strongly about Arrowtown – about the little town itself, and about its beautiful surrounds.
It is terribly important that we are good custodians of Arrowtown, and don’t let it be overwhelmed by growth.
Sir Michael Hill
Drawing credit: Sir Michael Hill
Arrowtown was originally known as Fox’s. named after William Fox an early gold discoverer. Then it was known as The Arrow and later Arrowtown.
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
Australia’s first saint, Sister Mary MacKillop visited Arrowtown in 1897 and set up a Catholic School. Part of this school can still be visited today.
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
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