"Turning 1st Sod Railway 1873". Oamaru Mayor Dr Wait turns the first sod of the Waitaki-Moeraki railway, 10 March, 1873. The ceremony was held near the position of the first railway station at the foot of Wansbeck Street. The occasion was celebrated by a public holiday and a procession to the spot where Dr Wait carried out the time-honoured ritual. A bullock was roasted and devoured by those at the site and there was a public dinner later. Cape Wanbrow. Surfboat landing site.
Information from another negative of this image [P0021.401]: Some people identified by writing on negative: "Shrimski, Booth Brothers, William Milne, Ben Perry, Sir William Steward, John Mainland. Dr Wait [?] behind […] 2 boys sitting on either side are Ted Lane [?] and Bill Wylie"
10 Mar 1873
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Collection of the Waitaki Archive. Id 100579