|Promote Dunstan is a small group of volunteers whose vision is to promote, protect and celebrate the Dunstan, an area stretching from Earnscleugh and Clyde to the Manuherikia. It is a non-profit incorporated society with members involved in various activities and events promoting the area’s heritage buildings and historic places.
Within the group’s area of interest are three of the most authentically preserved and significant gold rush settlements in New Zealand, Ophir, St Bathans and Clyde. We are involved in the identification and preservation of heritage sites and work with other agencies to achieve this before they are lost to future generations.
We organise the annual Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival and publish a number of brochures – the “Walk Around” series which includes Clyde, St Bathans, and Ophir. Our Self-Drive brochure lists significant historical sites to visit and we are installing signs at those sites containing more detailed information. Another brochure covers the Manuherikia and the Ida Valley.
Other projects include the restoration of the 1907 Clyde Railway Station, one of only three surviving in Central Otago and the preservation of an early stone building in Clyde.
We have installed ‘Foot Prints In Time’ in Clyde’s pavements, a series of bronze plaques commemorating residents who have contributed to the town.