Historic settlement project appeal


A Givealittle page has been launched to raise funds to start clearing an historic goldmining site near Arrowtown.

Former local Jan Morrison uncovered the small Cooper’s Terrace settlement, a kilometre up the Arrow River from Arrowtown, 10 years ago.

Deteriorating under a blackberry thicket, the remnants – comprising five or six stone huts, garden walls and an imposing entranceway – date back to about 1900.

Last month, Tauranga-based Morrison, who has the archaeological authority for the dig, told Mountain Scene: “It’s┬áprobably the last time we’re going to find an historical site of this significance so close to civilisation where tourists and locals alike can visit and learn about the stories of our history and how people used to live during those early goldmining days.”

Her target for the ‘Cooper’s Terrace Project’ Givealittle page is $3000 for expenses to help get a team of volunteers to clear the vegetation in March and see the extent of the ruins.

“Then, with help from volunteers, we should be able to make a start before winter to clear the site.”

Morrison’s email is janmorrinz@gmail.com