Horse-drawn carts and coaches, vintage cars and machinery,
penny-farthing cycles and more than 200 people dressed in
Victorian-era costumes paraded around Naseby on Saturday, led
by the Maniototo Highland Pipe Band, marking the 150th
anniversary of the discovery of gold in the area.
The event was one of the highlights of the week-long Naseby
and Surrounding Goldfields 150th Jubilee celebrations and
attracted more than 2000 people to the Naseby Recreation
While the floats, horse carts and cars lined the edge of the
park, most people crowded under the trees to avoid the
Once in the park, they were entertained by a line-up of five
bands and a magician.
Marilyn Swinbourn, one of the event organisers, said people
had come from as far away as Australia and the United States
to take part in the celebrations.
Those people had grown up in and around Naseby and had come
back to trace some of their family histories.
The celebrations were officially opened on New Year's Day
with the annual Naseby Family Fun Day. The following day,
about 60 people set out from Naseby on foot, bound for
Waipiata and retracing the stops of the early miners.
On Wednesday, it was Oturehua's turn to host celebrations
with entertainment at the Railway Hotel following visits to
Hayes Engineering,the Golden Progress Mine and the historic
On Friday there was a vintage machinery display at the
Ranfurly Goods Shed and a Victorian tea party on the Ranfurly
Both the Naseby golf and bowling clubs held 150th classics
during the week.
A special church service on the Naseby Recreation Ground
yesterday morning was the week's last event.
Mr Francis officially brought the celebrations to a close
before the annual Cribbies versus Locals cricket match.