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SHORT AND SHARP
New officer in charge
Sergeant Simon Paget, of the
Bay of Plenty, will be the
officer in charge of Cromwell
Police Station. Mr Paget
takes over from Sergeant
Mike Williams who retired last
year. He will move to
Cromwell with wife Janine
and their two sons and will
start work on September 17.
appointed chief executive
officer of the Otago Regional
Council, replacing Graeme
Martin who is retiring. Mr
Bodeker, an experienced
chief executive officer with
an extensive career spanning
the dairy, wood processing,
and seafood industries, will
take up the role in November.
Central Otago District Council
is opening its archives,
following a major three-year-
long project to improve
public access to the vaults.
With material dating back to
1866, the archives hold about
5000 items from a significant
period of history preceding
the district council, including
records from the old borough
or county councils of
Naseby, Waitaki, Tuapeka,
Vincent and Southland. For
more information contact the
govt.nz or 03 440 0056.
Bring mining history to life
Go fresh: Co-hosts of the first academic conference dedicated to the Central Otago gold rush, historical enthusiast Terry
Davis and academic Lloyd Carpenter, aim to look at the past with a view to the future.
Photo: MARY-JO TOHILL
By MARY-JO TOHILL
New approach: Historian
Professor Tom Brooking
encourages would-be writers to
not repeat ''the same old, same
old'' when they re-write Central
Otago's Gold Rush history.
If Central Otago gold rush history
is re-written, it needs to be a
collaborative effort and not a
repeat of "the same old, same old",
Otago University Professor Tom
Keynote speaker at the first
academic conference dedicated to
the Central Otago gold rush held
at Cromwell last week, Prof
Brooking paid tribute to past
authors, but said no historian
could be "a solo artist" if people
were "to see old history with new
''Any new history is going to need
to get discussion going between
historians and archaeologists.''
There needed to be more input
from newspapers of the time,
along with anecdotes from women
and children, to flesh out the
picture of what life was truly like
on the goldfields.
"Keep a balance between rigorous
revisions and romance," he
advised would-be writers.
Canterbury University academic
Lloyd Carpenter, who organised
the inaugural event, which also
marked the Central Otago Gold
Rush 150th anniversary, aimed to
write a book exploring some
themes that came out of the
"Astonishingly there are no
academic texts on the gold rush in
New Zealand. We have academic
level journal writing, and good
theses, but they are not in book
''I hope to edit a book that would
become the 'go to' book for anyone
wanting to understand the gold
rush from an academic viewpoint;
the who, where, why and when
type of questions.''
I want to get away from the myths
and look at what really went on,''
Mr Carpenter said.
Doing his Phd on the New Zealand
gold rushes, he believed this book
needed to compare and contrast
the Dunstan gold rushes with
others in Otago and elsewhere in
New Zealand, including inter-
national rushes such as Victoria
in Australia and California in the
United States, to explain where
New Zealand sat in a time of
enormous global societal change.
Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust
spokesman Terry Davis said
while the conference's main aim
was to help gather material for a
new and definitive book, he also
hoped it would lead to innovative
ways for people to see more of the
region's gold mining heritage by
improving access to key areas.
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