Craigieburn Reserve project manager Paul Pope holds a
branding iron found at the site during excavation work.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
Craigieburn Reserve's history was officially "reclaimed"
on Saturday as it was reopened after a project to highlight its
history, Dunedin Amenities Society member and project manager
Paul Pope says.
The society has spent nearly $200,000 to excavate and restore
a milking byre, dig up artefacts, restore a stone fence and
install interpretative panels.
Walking tracks now linked the reserve with Ross Creek.
For far too long the reserve had been without its own
identity, Mr Pope said.
Visitors could now learn about the people who had farmed the
spot - the Sherriffs, Tanners, and Rankins - and the tough
times they faced.
With a fantastic view of Dunedin, Craigieburn Reserve was a
great spot for a picnic or community event, he said.
Among artefacts recovered were branding irons, work boots and
The site was opened by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull on Saturday
morning, after which an open day was held.