31 Oct 2013

Your Place - Albert Town

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:22 pm on 31 October 2013

Publican and ferryman Henry Norman established the Albert Hotel in 1862, just months after the Prince consort's death. He also called his river crossing on the Upper Clutha the Albert Crossing. In 1863 the town was surveyed and its location, at the confluence of the Clutha and Hawea rivers, meant that it became an important transport hub for the district, especially during the Dunstan goldrush. As the gold ran out, so too did the population of this little hamlet, but those who remained built their community around the pub and river crossing and this tiny village became known as Albert Town.