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Throughout the country there are many family historians and collectors of local history who have a keen interest in the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand. Within their personal archives are photographs, diaries, letters and other ephemera that quintessentially captures the true spirit of the Wakatipu and its pioneer people. This valuable resource often remains hidden from view, slowly deteriorating in the concealed pages of photograph albums or in shoe boxes in the top of the wardrobe. Does this sound like you?

What is often forgotten is that these collections also record the faces, names and pastimes of other early families living in the locality. This primary source material can be of enormous interest to others.

The aim of ‘Historic Wakatipu’ is to actively seek out this important information, to record it digitally and then to make the content accessible for public viewing. In doing so, those with a specific interest in the Wakatipu region may learn more about their forebears and the magnificent place they called home.

We hope you enjoy exploring the ‘Paths of the Past’ and invite you to contribute to the archive. 

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