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The Dudleys Cottage Shop stocks a range of quality gifts from New Zealand, including fine gold jewellery. We also sell a full range of gold panning equipment, from sluice boxes to pans and shovels.
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Located adjacent to the Chinese Village, Dudleys Cottage is a local Arrowtown institution that celebrates our gold minning past. Relax in the beautiful gardens surrounding historic Dudley's Cottage in Arrowtown with a coffee while the kids try their hand at gold panning. Or have a go finding your fortune yourself! Dudley's Cottage (c.1880) is situated next to the Chinese Village and Butlers Green in Arrowtown only 15 minutes from Queenstown and offers a one of a kind insight into times gone by. A guaranteed find of gold with expert panning tuition, cafe, icecreams, 4WD tours up the Arrow River, Central Otago gifts, bike hire, gold jewellery and other New Zealand quality products. Gold panning equipment is also available for hire or purchase if you catch 'gold fever'!
Chinese Village Info
Above Arrowtown, on the banks of Bush Creek, a tributary of the Arrow river, is the partially restored and well interpreted Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. This is a mute reminder and tribute to the contribution made by the Chinese goldminers and business people to the region’s goldmining, cultural and business history.
Census figures for 1874 reveal that there were 3,564 Chinese in Otago. Often victims of discrimination they lived on the fringes of European settlements and in isolated gullies close to their mining claims. Chinese that died were either buried in graves in a Chinese section or just outside the cemetery.
By 1885, the Arrowtown settlement had grown to consist of about ten huts, a large social hall and at least two stores. There was also an extensive garden area. A range of construction techniques was used for the buildings, including mud brick, mortared stone, wood, corrugated iron, and canvas. Some buildings were thatched while others were roofed with corrugated iron.
At first the men lived together in communal huts, usually between two and six men to a house. It seems that the community centred around the large social hall, which was perhaps fifteen metres long, until it collapsed or was demolished in around 1900.
It seems that Ah Lum’s store (separately registered as an historic place) later took over this social function. It is unlikely if any women ever lived in the settlement; the first recorded arrival of a Chinese woman in New Zealand was not until 1873 and by 1896 there were only eleven throughout the country.
Restored Ah Lum's store, Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Central Otago, January 2004. Photo: Nicola Vallance.
Information courtesy of Department of Conservation Website
Dudleys Cottage History
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At Dudleys we sell and hire all the necessary equipment for your gold panning adventure in Arrowtown. We also offer $10 gold panning lessons with a guaranteed find led by a local expert. Highly recommended!
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