Waitaki Mayor Kicks Off Oamaru 150th Anniversary Celebrations

jg-20121216-1671 Today’s stunning weather
in Oamaru saw something a bit unusual at the Oamaru Farmers’
Market. While people wandered the stalls, selecting the items that
would go into their shopping bags, the unmistakable sounds of a
Scottish pipe band became audible. As eyes turned toward the source
of the sound, they caught sight of the Mayor, Alex Familton, making
his way down Harbour Street in his traditional top hat and black
frock coat, his chain of office around his neck. As he reached the
end of Harbour Street, he boarded an immaculate 1924 Buick
cabriolet to be brought through the harbour precinct and to the
market, where he mounted a podium to read the ordinance calling on
the people of Oamaru to establish a town board. The ordinance was
dated 19 December 1862, almost exactly 150 years ago to the day,
and by reading this ordinance Mayor Familton officially kicked off
a year’s worth of celebrations of Oamaru’s 150th birthday. These
events will range the gamut, from the historical (including the
100th anniversary of the Terra Nova, the
ill-fated South Pole expedition) to the agricultural (the 150th
session of the North Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Show); from
the high brow (the sole NZ concert by opera sensation Dame Kiri te
Kanawa) to the popular (the Oamerican Car Show, celebrating the
American automobile and its enthusiasts). These events will take
place throughout the year coming up, with hardly any breaks in the
calendar, so if you were thinking of putting Oamaru in your travel
plans, there’s no better time to come than in 2013! A list of the
events on offer is available at the Tourism Waitaki website.

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One Response to Waitaki Mayor Kicks Off Oamaru 150th Anniversary Celebrations

  1. Pingback: Oamaru’s 150th birthday begins « Homepaddock

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