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Name: John Eadington <email@example.com> 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 <email@example.com> 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.