Descendants hold key to celebration

Peter and Elaine Herbert, of Wanaka, have strong historical links with Lawrence and want other...
Peter and Elaine Herbert, of Wanaka, have strong historical links with Lawrence and want other descendants of early settlers to share their family histories for the Gabriel's Gully Goldrush 150th celebrations next year. Photo by Rachel Taylor.
Descendants of Lawrence gold miners and prospectors are being sought for next year's goldrush 150th celebrations.

In March next year, the town will celebrate 150 years since Gabriel Read discovered the first payable gold deposits in the gully just outside Lawrence.

The central part of the four-day Gabriels Gully Goldrush 150th celebrations will be the heritage marquee, which will display pictures and stories of the gold miners, prospectors and pioneer entrepreneurs who made the area unique.

Peter and Elaine Herbert, of Wanaka, are organising the heritage centre marquee for the celebrations. They are calling for descendants from the 1860s gold miners and other pioneer Lawrence industries to contribute photos, documents and artefacts to display in the heritage marquee.

Mr Herbert, whose ancestors owned Herbert and Co store during the rush days, believes there are descendants with material from the town's early days that has never been seen before.

The gold rush heritage centre application form - with specifications, site dimensions and costs, and contact information - can be downloaded from the Clutha District Council website.

- rachel.taylor@odt.co.nz

 

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