Rolling along in Victorian style

Liane Rowe, of Palmerston North, gracefully arabesques on roller skates past the assembled subjects of the annual Grand Photo Opportunity on the steps of the Oamaru Opera House yesterday afternoon.

For the 11th consecutive year, the couture costume designer has made the pilgrimage with her family to Oamaru for the Victorian Heritage Celebrations.

From big sleeves to bustles, or the crinoline to the A-frame, there are different styles to explore within the Victorian era. 

And aside from the plastic wheels, roller skates are not anachronistic when celebrating the Victorian era, from 1837 to 1901, she says.

As is her right in Oamaru, she is going "the steampunk route — because then it’s allowed". 

She has made lifetime friends at the Oamaru celebrations. 

"I love it — it’s beautiful. I’m from the North Island, but I have to admit the South Island’s much prettier," she says.

"The landscape, the people are friendly: I’ve always found this community really quite hospitable."

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