Damien McNamara in his steampunk art gallery. Photo by
Welcome to the world of Professor Damotimus Tipotus.
Damien McNamara has opened what he believes is New Zealand's
first full-time dedicated steampunk art gallery - Professor
Damotimus Tipotus' Libratory - upstairs in Oamaru's Woolstore
Steampunk has taken on a life of its own in Oamaru, with the
town now dubbed New Zealand's steampunk capital.
Mr McNamara, who has been involved in the town's Victorian
scene for 15 years and will be competing in the national
penny-farthing championships today, said steampunk had "taken
The gallery was to be officially opened last night and will
be open to the public tomorrow, during the annual Victorian
fete in Harbour and Tyne Sts.
Initially, it will be open on Fridays and Sundays, between
10am and 3pm "and then just go from there", Mr McNamara said.
Mr McNamara has a fascination for steampunked weapons and
thought Steampunk, which promoted the Victorian era with a
science-fiction twist, was good for Oamaru, attracting