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Jamestown, Martins Bay

Jamestown, Martins Bay

The Jamestown settlement was set up on Lake McKerrow/Whakatipu Waitai by the Otago provincial government in 1870, and by 1872 a township was under way. This account of a government expedition to the area that December notes some of Jamestown’s problems – lack of supplies, distance from other settlements, and the ever-present sandflies and mosquitoes – as well as the behaviour of the locals’ daughters. The town was too isolated, and by 1882 had been largely abandoned, though a few settlers remained at Martins Bay. Today old rose bushes and apple trees mark the site.

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Reference: Otago Witness, 4 January 1873, p. 16

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David Grant, 'Southland places - Milford Sound and north', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by David Grant, updated 25 May 2015