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Encyclopedia > Lawrence, New Zealand

Lawrence is a small town of some 500 inhabitants in Otago, in New Zealand's South Island. It is located on the main route from Dunedin to the inland towns of Queenstown and Alexandra, 35 kilometres to the northwest of Milton, and close to the Tuapeka River, a tributary of the Clutha. Otago  pronunciation? is one of the regions of New Zealand and lies in the south-east of the South Island. ... South Island The South Island forms one of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the North Island. ... Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, located in coastal Otago. ... Panorama of the view from the Remarkables back toward Frankton airport (Queenstown airport) with Queenstown beyond. ... Alexandra is a town in the Central Otago district of New Zealands South Island. ... Milton is a town of some 2,000 people, located on State Highway 1, 50 kilometres to the south of Dunedin in Otago. ... Geography The Clutha River is the second longest river in New Zealand and flows south-southeast for 340 kilometres through Central and South Otago to the Pacific Ocean, 75 kilometres south west of Dunedin. ...


Lawrence's main claim to fame is of being the focal point for Otago's 1860s gold rush, after the discovery of the metal at nearby Gabriel's Gully by Gabriel Read. In mid 1862, it is estimated that twice as many people lived around the banks of the Tuapeka River as did in Dunedin iteself. Events and trends Italian unification under King Victor Emmanuel II. Wars for expansion and national unity continue until the incorporation of the Papal States (March 17, 1861 - September 20, 1870). ... Gabriels Gully is a locality in Otago, New Zealand, three kilometres from Lawrence township and close to the Tuapeka River. ... Gabriel Read was an Australian gold prospector who, after working on the goldfields of California and Victoria, Australia travelled to New Zealand. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


The town was named for Sir Henry Lawrence, hero of the Lucknow military campaign of 1857, and is billed as "The Gateway To Central Otago". Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence (June 28, 1806 - July 4, 1857) was a British soldier and statesman in British India, who died defending Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny. ... Lucknow is the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. ... 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


references

Wise's New Zealand guide (4th ed.) (1969). Dunedin, NZ: H.Wise & Co. (N.Z.).


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