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Oamaru is a town built on nineteenth-century gold and grain booms, and the birthplace of the frozen meat. Nestling around its old port fringes is New Zealand's most intact Victorian architectural landscape. Using a "Victorian Town at Work" theme to promote these unique features, Oamaru is now a major heritage center. Oamaru: History and Heritage by Gavin McLean explores the heritage of the southern town. Born in Oamaru and a professional historian, McLean has an insider's eye and an historian's knowledge. He has written a comprehensive guide-book, offering an historical overview and companion for three walks around the town's most distinctive features. Each walk is fully described and illustrated in color. There is also a guide to nearby attractions, including the limestone quarry, railway station and Totara Estate. This attractive souvenir is an accessible, easy-to-read book that will appeal to locals and visitors alike. Oamaru: History and Heritage is part of the popular eco-tourism series published by Otago University Press, which includes titles on Arrowtown, the Catlins, Stewart Island and Wanaka.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781877276347
ISBN-10: 1877276340
Format: Paperback
(170mm x 240mm x 8mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Otago University Press
Publisher: Otago University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: New Zealand


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Author Biography - Gavin McLean

Gavin McLean, born in Oamaru, is an historian with the Ministry for Culture & Heritage. His recent books include Wellington 1840-1850, Captain's Log, and 100 Historic Places in NZ. He is based in Wellington.

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