Which Way: Arrowtown

There’s probably nothing that’s more iconic of Arrowtown than the row of historic miners’ cottages on Buckingham Street. This is a gold rush town and these cottages date back to the 1800s – I’m unsure of the exact date but we’d be talking 1870s to 1880s. Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes District, New Zealand; photos taken by Liz 27 Oct 2018

Buckingham Street Miners’ Cottages

First photo is for  Which Way Photo Challenge November 08, 2018


But we’re heading further along the street to get a better view of the miners’ cottages…



I’ve just found out that the cottage with the red door, 59 Buckingham Street, is called Granny Jones Cottage. Her grandson re-visited it in 2010, 76 years after he was born in the cottage (he lived there until he was 16 years old). For his story see Home Sweet Home which is a 2010 article from Mountain Scene.

Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)

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  1. I also find the cottages cute, but I wonder how many of us could do with so little space today. I read the newspaper article about Mr. Adams growing up in one of them, and it is very impressive to learn that 8 (!) people lived in them.

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    1. Its hard to imagine Tanja. When I’ve read older people’s accounts of their childhoods they often mention how much time they spent outside with friends and siblings, and also hanging around interesting places like the blacksmiths shop, for instance. “Topping and tailing” in beds to accommodate everyone! Winters would have been VERY hard 😦

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