Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

14 May 2011

New Zealand Odyssey: Oxley's Hotel, Picton

'New Zealand Odyssey', published in 1989 by Heinemann, was authored by me, Don Donovan (who did the text and illustrations) and Euan Sarginson, who did the photography and design. In this series of blog posts, I will publish some of my drawings.

This was Oxley's Hotel in 1988 before they took down the wrought iron and later put it back again. In 2011 it is a façade with a modern, rather ugly, building looming behind it. I believe the pub dates from about 1870 but got its name from an Oxley who bought it sometime later. 

Picton flourishes because it is the railhead that links the South and North Islands and it's here that trains, trucks, cars and passengers arrive and depart from and across Cook Strait.

There's talk of locating the ferry terminal at Clifford Bay, farther south. If that happens Picton will become a backwater.

I couldn't understand why the locals so much objected to dogs and bicycles. Every dog has its day but these days cyclists are the new élite and nobody dares argue with them - they have their rights! The notice has probably gone.


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