We had a good trail Boss meeting recently and the initial trail information is attached at the bottom of this email.
First up we had a good AGM in Lawrence three weeks ago followed by a very informative field weekend. For minutes from the meeting please click here. For a report from the weekend (and some photos) please click here.
Many of you have paid your membership sub already and we thank you very much for that. If you haven’t yet please either click here to do it on-line or post us a cheque for $50 single or $70 couple to OGHT, PO Box 91 Cromwell, 9342.
We expect to have full trails coming into Cromwell for the 150th celebrations of gold in the area. The Cromwell Host Town have re-assembled the same band and fiddler as last time – if you weren’t here in 1998 ask someone who was – they’ll tell you it was one of the best Hoe-downs of all time! Click here for a YouTube clip of the band and a couple of cavalcade shots include in there too! Also this year we will be quite strict on maximum numbers per trail – the Trail Bosses are too bloody accommodating so this year I’ll be making the decision and the answer will be no more room! So check out the trails below and if you absolutely ‘have to’ be on one in particular best you make sure you’re a paid-up member. (Financial members of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust get priority over non members for entries received before December – entries are available from 1st November).
***Please note!*** These trail descriptions are just proposed at this stage – not confirmed. This is just to give you an idea.
Special new trail for the keen of spirit but less athletically able – sharing accommodation at the Bannockburn school camp and caterers with Morley Williams’ day walkers. Bruce McMillan will be leading 4WD excursions around Bannockburn, Nevis and Bendigo to check out the outstanding gold mining heritage areas close to Cromwell. (David and Jean this should be right up your ally!)
Chris Bayne – Tussock Creek light wagons – maximum of 70. Starting in the vicinity of Mossburn – Garston – Nevis – Bannockburn
Tony Cumberbeach – Speight’s heavy wagons – maximum of 55. Starting from Cattle Flat – Nokomai – Nevis – Bannockburn
Stu Moore – maximum of 75. Starting from Roxburgh – Nevis – Bannockburn
Alistair Gibson – maximum of 65? Starting from Omarama – Queensberry – Mt. Pisa
Jane Whitmore (taking over from Steve Vickers who took over from Winston Parks) Arrowtown – Macetown day trip – Waitiri Station – Lowburn
Gandy Burrows (instead of Alice Stewart next year) maximum of 25. Starting from Lindis – St. Bathans – Matakanui – Clyde – Bannockburn
Tony Roderique – maximum of 60. 3 days at Matakanui followed by 3 days in Bannockburn
Murray MacMillan and Edgar Parcel (Out of retirement again) maximum of 30. Greenstone, Mt. Nicolas, Cecil Peak, Kingston, Nokomai, Nevis, Bannockburn
Sandra Cain – maximum of 50. Starting near Roxburgh – Knobby range – Alex – Earnscleugh – Bannockburn
Peter Dymock – maximum of 12. Starting near Garston – Blue lakes – Garvies – Patterson Hutt – Bannockburn
Morley Williams – maximum of 20. Based at the Bannockburn School Camp – 3 individual day-walks
Thanks very much for your support over the years and I hope to see many of you in Cromwell next Feb!
Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust
P O Box 91
03 445 0111
021 284 6844