Mt Pisa subdivision

A large load of wool from Glen Dhu station, passing through Pembroke, Lake Wanaka, on the way to...
A large load of wool from Glen Dhu station, passing through Pembroke, Lake Wanaka, on the way to the rail head. — Otago Witness, 27.1.1920.
Under the draft scheme for the subdivision of the Mount Pisa run it is proposed to cut up the property, which consists of 147,000 acres, into 12 runs, ranging from about 8000 acres up to 16,000 acres in area, and to set aside between 6000 and 7000 acres for close settlement. 

The intention is that this land shall be irrigated by means of the projected hydro-electric scheme, and Mr L. Birks, chief electrical engineer, who is at present in Central Otago, is conducting an investigation into the feasibility of such a proposal.

There are four or five settlers at different places along the borders of the Mount Pisa run who have insufficient land from which to earn a living at the present time, and a portion of the run will be offered to them for selection for the purpose of increasing their holdings.

Moonshine relics at Powder Creek

The operation of illicit whisky stills was an adventurous and lucrative occupation of an earlier generation, but it gradually suffered a diminution in popularity owing to the hazards which became associated with it as a result of the rigour of the law. 

A few weeks ago one of these relics was discovered in the centres of some deep bush at Powder Creek by a party of Dunedin sportsmen, including Messrs R. Walls, H. Halliday, and W. Wallace, who were out pig-hunting.  The still, which was apparently a very old one, was made out of sheet copper, soldered at the joints, and a great deal of patient effort must have been devoted to its construction.

At the time of its discovery it was lying dismantled in a position of concealment, thus indicating that the owners had ‘‘got wind’’ of a projected raid and had sought to remove the evidences of their guilt.  The still was brought down to town, where the various parts were assembled, and anyone who is interested in the private distillation of whiskey of some 35 years ago may view the interesting contrivance at Messrs Taylor and Co.’s Dye Works in George street. 

It is believed that the owners were caught and convicted — even in the absence of the damning evidence of the still itself; and that they were given 12 years and three years respectively in which to reflect over their wrong-doing.

First Carnival Week attractions

Dunedin’s first Carnival Week promises to offer a diversity of attractions hitherto without precedent in the history of the city.  Over a period of 10 days ranging from February 6 to 16, a great summer festival will hold sway. 

It will be a gala time in which the people of Otago, from end to end of the province, will be attracted to their capital city, where they will be able to select their own particular forms of amusement and enjoy themselves to the top of their bent.

— ODT, 30.1.1920.


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