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    The Lakes District Museum

    by imstress Written Mar 16, 2006

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    The Lakes District Museum building was built in 1875 as the Bank of New Zealand. It was relocated from Arrowtown's Ballarat Hotel to the present location in 1955.

    Today it has been the focal point of Arrowtown for every visitor. This maybe the most famous building in Arrowtown. This is where you may get information and make bookings of the Arrowtown accommodation and attractions.

    The Special Exhibitions Gallery exhibits themed focus art and history.

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    The Chinese Settlement

    by imstress Written Mar 16, 2006

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    The Chinese Settlement was built by the Chinese miners from 1868.

    Much of the Chinese Settlement was unearthed in 1983 and some parts were rebuilt.
    Chinese miners came from Australia and also from China, and formed a settlement in lower Arrowtown in the late 1860s.

    There is a Ah Lum's Store and outhouse which operated till 1972.

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    Buckingham Street

    by imstress Written Mar 16, 2006

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    Buckingham Street is the main street of Arrowtown.

    It has an many retail shops along both side of the street. Shops from groceries store to a gold shop, jade carving, finest clothings, art & crafts, souvenirs, cafes and restaurants.

    We dont find such phone booth in Singapore
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    Post and Telegraph

    by imstress Written Mar 16, 2006

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    The Arrowtown Post and Telegraph is run by the Lakes District Museum. It was built in 1915 and is located just opposite the museum.

    The Post Office is still providing mail services along with mail products, postcards and souvenirs to Arrowtown.

    There is a souvenir shop within the post office which used to sell Lord of the Rings stamps.

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    Passing People Exhibition

    by imstress Written Mar 16, 2006

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    When we went there in Dec 2005, the Passing People Exhibition was on at the Lake District Museum.

    You could see 100 portraits done by John Badcock.

    You could read about Mr Badcock and his work in the Special Exhibitions Gallery which opens from 9am to 5pm.

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    Around Lake District Museum

    by imstress Written Mar 16, 2006

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    Lovely Lavendars were grown around this Lake District Museum. Just brush your palm on those shrubs and you could smell the lovely Lavendar scent.

    There are big sweet smelling red roses grown at the entrance to the Museum.

    I found a cart underneath this building at the back entrance to the Museum.

    Is this the water supply or just another water fountain feature?

    There is a car park just opposite the Museum at Romans Lane where you could park your car for free the whole day.

    Lavendar big sweet roses cart water supply? car park
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    Chinese Settlement

    by robertgaz Updated Oct 28, 2009

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    Just to the north of Arrowtown, on the banks of Bush Creek, is the partially restored Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

    It is a stark reminder of the harsh and brutal living conditions in their search for wealth in gold.

    Census figures for 1874 reveal that there were 3,564 Chinese in Otago. They were often victims of discrimination and lived on the fringes of European settlements.

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    Lakes District Museum Information Centre & Galley

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jan 9, 2004

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    As an information outlet and booking agent the Lakes District Museum Information Centre is often the first stop for visitors to the town for inquiries on accommodation and attractions.
    Visitors can browse and/or purchase books, crafts and art works, while the archives and research facility is immensely popular with the casual family historian or serious researcher.
    The Special Exhibitions Gallery shows a changing selection of history or art based exhibitions.

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    Visiting My Chinese Roots

    by Aidy_p Updated May 10, 2007

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    It's rather interesting to know that Chinese were in New Zealand slogging in the rough terrain to find gold during the 1800s. It was just so far away from their homes in China, but they made this country their home.

    The government did an archaeological excavations in 1983 Arrowtown Chinese Settlement where they found the remnants of a number of huts, and a number of them, like the one I'm standing in, have since been reconstructed.

    The settlement is also the last remaining Chinese settlement in a relatively intact state in Otago.

    It's such a Small Hut! Here's a Little history

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    Arts in the quaint town

    by imstress Written Mar 16, 2006

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    Arts is found in an open area near Ramshaw St.

    The sclptures are put up by Ann Wadworth and Rachel Hirabayashi.

    Entitled the "Workings" it is a reflection of the wathered metals of Arrowtown's goldmining and agricultural history.

    It was commisioned by the Aspiring Arts & Culture Trust and installed on 7 Apr 2003.

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    Church of St Paul

    by imstress Written Mar 16, 2006

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    On the way out to Queenstown, we came across the quaint little church of St Paul.
    It was nicely sitting in a green plot of land.

    The gates are open and you may go in for a little tour of this church.

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    The Avenue of Trees.

    by worldkiwi Written May 7, 2003

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    Walk along the beautiful Avenue of Trees at the eastern end of town. Under the trees are quaint miners' cottages that are now listed historic places. You can actually stay in one that has been set up for tourists!

    Miners's cottages in the Avenue of Trees.
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    Arrowtown: Buckingham Street

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    This is the most famous street in Arrowtown, and the scenery is the most beautiful during autumn time (March to May) with multi-coloured foliages. There are lots of small shops here selling various goods among an idyllic surrounding.

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    Quaint Little Church

    by Aidy_p Written May 11, 2007

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    Sited along the main road of Arrowtown is this little chapel. This was one of the individual building you'd see when you enter into town.

    I'm not too sure which denomination this chapel belongs to. So if you do, please leave me a commentk? Thanks.

    Lovely little chapel

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    Arrowtown Library

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    The Arrowtown library with its cosy colonial character is designed to fit in with the history of the town, as the original library burnt down in the Christmas holiday period 1928/29.
    There are no records of the library between 1874 and 1877 and any information has been gleaned from older local residents who ‘remembered’ The Early Athenaeum Library and Reading Room specialising in newspapers from ‘home’ i.e. Great Britain and Ireland.
    In 1936 a private library was located in Ernie Thompson's barber shop.
    By 1939 a collection of books were available for borrowing from an Arrowtown Borough Council room. Members from 1955 remembered that books were issued by the Town Clerk on Fridays – the only time the Borough office was open.
    By 1979 the library moved to the back of the Athenaeum Hall.
    The present library opened in 1984 and is housed in a building designed to the Arrowtown Borough Council’s specifications, i.e. it is built of the same era as the buildings in Buckingham Street.
    This library is open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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