Historical and old photos of Alexandra, Otago

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Historical and old photos of Alexandra, Otago

A small historical reference

Geography: Alexandra is a town in the Central Otago district of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on the banks of the Clutha River (at the confluence of the Manuherikia River), on State Highway 8, 188 kilometres (117 mi) by road from Dunedin and 33 kilometres (21 mi) south of Cromwell.

Date of foundation: 1860s

History: The town was founded during the Central Otago goldrush in the 1860s, and was named after Alexandra of Denmark by John Aitken Connell who surveyed the town. Originally referred to as "Alexandra South" to distinguish it from a North Island town in the King Country with the same name, the word "South" was dropped in 1867 after that North Island town was renamed to Pirongia. It was known to miners of the day by several names: the "Lower Township", the "Junction Township", and "Manuherikia". (The "Upper Township" was Dunstan, now Clyde.)

Many orchards were destroyed in the 1980s as a result of construction, 10 km upriver, of the Clyde High Dam, which is the country's third largest hydroelectric power station.

Population: 5 510


Alexandra. Bridge, 1905
Bridge, 1905
Alexandra. Bridge and Gold dredging, 1905
Bridge and Gold dredging, 1905
Alexandra. Sailors Bend, Gold dredging, 1905
Sailors Bend, Gold dredging, 1905
Alexandra. Presbyterian Church, 1905
Presbyterian Church, 1905
Alexandra. English Church, 1911
English Church, 1911
Alexandra. Public School, 1911
Public School, 1911
Alexandra. Tarbert Street, 1905
Tarbert Street, 1905
Alexandra. Tarbert Street, 1911
Tarbert Street, 1911

Photos posted on the website in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 1 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 9 September 1886, the term of protection which is fifty years after the author's death.

After this period photos it becomes public domain. The participants of the Berne Convention are 167 States.

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