Roadway to the Rushes : Waikouaiti & District 1840-1890. Whaling, Agriculture & Gold
- Author: Foote, Eileen
- ISBN: 9780473207212
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Roadway to the Rushes traces Waikouaiti's transition from an 1837 whaling settlement into an agricultural food basket for the Dunedin settlers of 1848. From 1861 Waikouaiti exploded with the glint og gold as thousands of diggers were delivered by paddle-steamer and sail-boat to The Spit and made their way up Beach Street, initially to Shag Valley, and later into the unforgiving climate of Central Otago. Waikouaiti was home to the South Island's first doctor, Joseph Crocone, the ambitious international shipping merchant Johnny Jones, the Maori men and women who worked at the river mouth, and the gritty and determined settler families who made a life which had been simply unobtainable in Britain. They shre their shipboard journeys to the other side of the world, and document their social and business achievements, the establishment of churches and schools, and the grief and misfortune associated with the numerious hotels. Rev. Charles Watkin's diaries tell of his despair at the lifestyle of the whalers, and the Rev. John Christie revelas his compelling observations of the goldfields. This window into the past covers the working of Port Waikouaiti, the opening of the main road and the construction of the railways which brought immense freedom. These pointers to the golden interior saw Waikouaiti become a Roadway to the Rushes.