Author(s): John McCraw
Alexandra sits at the junction of the Clutha and Manuherikia rivers in Central Otago. Beginning in 1862 as a camp site for those rushing to the newly discovered gold field at the Dunstan, the town flourished as a supply and entertainment centre for rich gold diggings nearby. As the easily won gold became exhausted, Alexandra declined towards oblivion, but was saved by the establishment of gold dredges on the rivers. At the end of the century the town boomed again, but as dredging in turn declined, the arrival of the railway allowed a struggling stone fruit growing industry to flourish. Each chapter of this book deals with a thoroughly researched episode in the fascinating history of the town over its first hundred years.