9 July 2013



After a number of years of planning and fundraising the replica street lamps were turned on before a crowd of around 150 people at 7 p.m. on a cold and frosty 30th of May. Stewart Francis, James Hazlett, Hilda Trevethan and the Mayor of Central Otago Tony Lepper jointly threw the switch and Dave MacAtamney then entertained those present with a great rendition of "The Old Lamplighter".

After some brief speeches the crowd followed piper Ewan Mason along a freshly lit Derwent Street to the Leven Street intersection where a number of local families who had donated lights spoke of their lengthy family connections with Naseby and to the lamp project. A poem about Naseby's last lamplighter which was specially written for the occasion by local poet Ross McMillan and was read by Chris his partner to an appreciative audience.

The crowd then moved to the Town Hall for a sumptuous supper prepared by the Naseby Bowling Club and were entertain by Dave MacAtamney, Cheryl Smith and Helen Rutherford and by anecdotes from various members of the families who contributed to the lamp project.

Naseby Vision raised around $40,000 for the project which was augmented by hundreds of hours of volunteer labour by Naseby Vision members and the Maniototo Lions. James Hazlett generously donated many hours of machine to the project and Robbie Dobson kindly contributed his time to the electrical aspects of the project.

We will have further information about this project, together with a number of photos, up on the website shortly.