Macetown, N.Z.

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Name: johnsmith <johnsmiffie@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-10-29
Why are you interested in Macetown? one of the most beautful spots in the world
Have you visited?When? How? yes many times . 60s@ 70s
Any hints to make the journey more worthwhile? keep it peaceful
Comments:
my time in this area some of the best times of my life
 

Name: Robin Hoare <robinsnest@actrix.co.nz>
Date: 2013-10-31
Why are you interested in Macetown? see below
Have you visited?When? How? no
Any hints to make the journey more worthwhile? --
Comments:
My mother's maiden name was Mace. Her father Charles was a Londoner and I have most of the genealogy. Would be interested to know where the 3 Maces after whom Macetown was named came from.
 

Name: Evan Beale <evan.beale@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2013-08-01
Why are you interested in Macetown? Joseph Beale is my great Grandfather
Have you visited?When? How? No
Any hints to make the journey more worthwhile? no
Comments:
I have found this site so interesting ( was trying to find the Ship they arrived on to no avail.Also was pleased to find that Josephs brother had passed away at Macetown as I was led to believe that he had shifted to Australia.My Dad used to spend his school holidays with his uncle Bert at Macetown
 

Name: John Eadington <eadingtons@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: 2013-03-25
Why are you interested in Macetown? The history and Romance
Have you visited?When? How? 2010.2011 via Arrow River Trail and over Big Hill
Any hints to make the journey more worthwhile? Walk don't travel in a 4x4 or in a group
Comments:
Travel with a close friend or partner. Carry a tent and stay the night. Its beautiful.
 

Name: Peter Oliver <oliverpd@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2012-09-16
Why are you interested in Macetown? Family connections
Have you visited?When? How? 1989 and 1991
Any hints to make the journey more worthwhile? Try a one day return walk to Macetown
Comments:
My great-grand father - Thomas McDonnell - was an original farmer/settler in Arrowtown. He also operated a horse drawn delivery service between Arrowtown and Macetown. He later moved to Auckland when the Arrowtown winters became to cold for him and his wife. Their cob home still stands on McDonnell Road. He is buried in Neill's Point cemetery, Bayswater, Auckland.
 

Name: Bruce Burnett <hshrigley@kol.co.nz>
Date: 2012-03-13
Why are you interested in Macetown? Golden Bay
Have you visited?When? How? many times
Any hints to make the journey more worthwhile? take plenty of time to explore
Comments:
A very big shame that some 4x4s & trail bikes do not stick to the track BUT is really good to see Doc & Otago [i think] 4x4 club trying to sort,much better than last time we were there.
What a incredible job doc have done with signage etc
We love Macetown and the history..many thanks....Bruce & Helen

 

Name: Brent Affleck <c.b.affleck@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-01-10
Why are you interested in Macetown? Family history
Have you visited?When? How? Yes, Nomad 4x4
Any hints to make the journey more worthwhile? Great journey back into our nations history
Comments:
My grandfather Richard Sawyers Balch was born in Macetown 8 Feb 1892.
His father, also Richard Balch, was a miner working in Scanlan's Gully Macetown.
Papers Past account from: Otago Witness , Issue 2656, 8 February 1905, Page 35
MINING. I am pleased to have to report that word has been received from Home for the Glenrock mine to still continue operations, and, as a good reef has been discovered close to that mine, it is to be hoped that we have heard the last of the idea of closing down. The find referred to has been made by an experienced and highly-respected miner, of the name of Richard Balch, who also holds a responsible position in the Glenrock mine. The new discovery is in Caledonian Gully, about half a mile from the low-level tunnel of the Tipperary mine. Mr Balch prospected the reef, sinking on it about 20ft. The reef is 2ft wide, and from a trial crushing the stone yielded 2oz 2dwt to the ton. For a month's work 520z of gold was obtained from the stone put through the mill. At the last sitting of the Warden's Court at Arrowtown Mr Balch was granted a five-acre claim, and since then a number of other claims have been pegged out in the vicinity. Great things are expected to result, and the discovery may lead to other and larger concerns being pushed along with more energy. As for Mr Balch himself, the public are sincerely pleased that he has "struck it rich."

 

Name: Olwyn <OlwynBW@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-12-04
Why are you interested in Macetown? For a S.I. Kiwi it is an iconic place, a must do.
Have you visited?When? How? Yes, Nov. 2011, 4WD tour
Any hints to make the journey more worthwhile? Will do it again one autumn and when I have more time.
Comments:
Make a full day of it and do some hiking and walk out.