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New guide to Arrowtown launched

Media release 26.11.01
New guide to Arrowtown launched

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 a book, titled Arrowtown: History and Walks, by Julia Bradshaw. The third in a bestselling series of guidebooks published by University of Otago Press, it was launched on 24 November at the Lakes District Museum by former Arrowtown mayor Jack Reid.

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.

Author Julia Bradshaw was formerly based in Arrowtown, where she worked as a researcher and exhibitions person at the Lakes District Museum. She has written an accessible, easy-to-read book that will appeal to locals and visitors alike.


Contents: 1 The Golden Arrow 2 Schist, Tussock and Moa 3 The Discovery of Gold 4 After the Gold Rush 5 From Mining to Farming 6 Historic Buildings Walk 7 Walks in the Arrow District

Other books in this series: The Catlins and the Southern Scenic Route by Neville Peat Stewart Island: A Rakiura Ramble by Neville Peat

About the Author 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, published in September by the University of Otago Press.

Contact the Author: To contact the author directly please telephone her on (03) 755 6898 (work) or (03) 755 8900 (home) or email

Arrowtown: History and Walks Julia Bradshaw 64 pages ISBN 1 877276 20 0 Published November 2001 $19.95


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