Be sure to get out and support your amazing local museum activities this Sunday.
From 10am to 2pm on Sunday 31 May the museum shop has a great range of books on sale from children's, local history, pictorial, natural history, geology, fiction, and much more. The bookshop specialises in local and New Zealand authors ... come along and browse... you'll be sure to find something special as you visit our engaging museum bookshop.
Once you've picked up some great reading pop into the gallery to shop for local artisan goods. The museum staff have invited local artisans to sell their amazing goods in a one-off market. It's a great way to support our creative artists and enjoy this small community event.
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All social distancing needs will be met so come and escape and Shop Local.
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.
In the 1950’s many New Zealander’s built cribs ( holiday houses) in Arrowtown and came here for their summer holidays.
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
The Chinese Settlement was established in 1867-8 and was in existence until the mid 1930’s. The site underwent an archaeological excavation in 1984.
The discoverer of gold in the Arrow river was a shepherd named Jack Tewa or Maori Jack. He also won the Royal Humane medal for saving a man from drowning in Lake Wakatipu.
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
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