Writing inspirations – there ain’t room in this town for the Sheriff

One of the less known facts about New Zealand’s colonial days is the fact that we shared what has become known as ‘Pacific rim’ culture – a colonial disapora, driven in part by the hunt for gold, that left places from Victoria to California with very similar look, feel and even people.

The historic precinct in Cromwell, central Otago.
The historic precinct in Cromwell, central Otago.

This is the historic district of Cromwell, one of New Zealand’s gold-mining towns in the 1860s. See what I mean? I find that inspiring. Do you?

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015


8 thoughts on “Writing inspirations – there ain’t room in this town for the Sheriff

  1. I totally agree. The above picture takes me to a thought about the little town of Omeo in the Victorian high country, which happens to have had a history of gold mining too. The buildings radiate the same inspiration, which was also recognized by a movie producer who shot the movie “Red Hill” there in 2010, starring Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley.and Tom E. Lewis. The trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nrEm9KMV7I contains some good images of this town.

    1. There have been connections between NZ and the US in various ways since the 1780s-90s when Nantucket whalers reached NZ’s shores. A history of ongoing links with WW2 probably the most direct of them.

    1. Certainly is. They filmed at least one cowboy western in the Cromwell area, masquerading as the US midwest. Apparently it’s quite close in terms of landscape.

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