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The new interpretative signs are installed and the grass is cut ready for the official opening on Saturday 10:00am. With the signs installed the interpretation trail has finally taken shape, and the story behind Craigieburn can be revealed to the Dunedin public. Here is a sneak peek to wet your heritage appetite. See you all on Saturday, bring your pioneer spirit.

Open Day 10th December 2011 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Tanner Road The Dunedin Amenities Society will be holding an open day at the Craigieburn Reserve on the 10th of December 2011 starting at 10:00 am. The open day will be the official opening of the reserve by the mayor and the launch of the heritage interpretation trail developed on site for the Dunedin public. This is your chance to get the… Read More

For more than 50 years the name Craigieburn has been known only by a few people in Dunedin. Most people passing through the main forest track from Ross Creek to Tanner and Wakari Roads probably thought that this unique heritage area was part of Ross Creek and never gave the name a thought. Today though the name has been put back into Dunedin’s  heritage, environmental and recreational lexicon with the placement of few… Read More

The Craigieburn Byre is an intriguing structure that has been an academic and physical challenge to interpret and restore. The scale of the stone armouring and stock race combined with the nature and layout of the internal building provide a tantalising insight into the nature of early farming practices in Dunedin. A recent visit to the site by Prof Norman Hammond and his wife Jean Wilson, was a rare opportunity for discussion about the nature of… Read More

The first stages of the restoration and stabilisation of the historic dry stone wall at Craigieburn was started yesterday. Several large trees that were growing through the wall and were disturbing its stability were carefully removed so that work can be undertaken to stabilise and strengthen the wall. The wall was part of the original subsistence farm settled in the early 1860’s by William and Elizabeth Rankin and was built on the original Wakari Road boundary…. Read More

Restoration work has progressed quickly over the last 3 weeks on the byre restoration in the central paddock at Craigieburn. After the initial clearance and excavation the strengthening and realignment of the structural stone walls is close to completion. The boxing for the renewal of the former dairy and milking shed floor will be ready by late this week in preparation for the pouring of a new section of concrete floor. The floor… Read More

The Craigieburn heritage project took another step forward last week with the completion of new track stairs by Delta contracting staff. The stairs have greatly improved a steep and dangerous area of the track from the old ruin into the rimu forest. Previously,  the area had been a very steep and slippery section that limited the ability of people to walk safely down into the rimu area. The stairs are part of the Craigieburn development project… Read More

Stage two of the Craigieburn heritage preservation project was started in earnest today as the preliminary clearance of the former cow byre was completed. The Society utilised the proven skills of Grant Webber from John Clearwater Contracting to use a rubber track digger and carefully remove the thick layer of soil and grass from the byre area. With a lot of patience and under the watchful eyes of Project Manager Paul Pope and archaeologist… Read More

The preservation work on the small ruin adjacent to the public track to Ross Creek is now finished with the completion of the stone work and stabilisation of the structure. There is a noticeable increase in the “robustness” of the ruin now and it should now remain as an important heritage feature for a further 150 years. When one looks at the stone and clay work undertaken in the repair, there is a glimpse into the way… Read More

The restoration of the old ruin at Craigieburn is moving into its third stage as the final pieces of the archaeological jigsaw are moved into place. The little ruin has always been puzzling, was it the settlers original dwelling or did the building have another purpose? With the removal of the large tree in the north-west corner excavation has been able to be undertaken to look for the foundations of the original front wall… Read More