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Naseby: The Watchmaker's Shop | by PhilBee NZ (social historian)
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Naseby: The Watchmaker's Shop

Standing inside Strong's Watchmaker Shop on Leven Street, if you stretch out both arms you can just about touch the walls and the ceilings, such is its diminutive size.

Jeweller and watchmaker Robert Strong was among the early residents. English-born Strong (1838-1899) arrived in Naseby in the mid 1860s and was in business by 1868. An early photo of the shop front shows the original signage below the clock stating ‘Under the patronage of the Governor of New Zealand’ and includes the royal coat of arms!!! (It's who ya know...)

The shop is a rare surviving example of a goldfields-era commercial building dating from the first decade of the gold rushes in the Maniototo Area. These flimsy buildings, timber framing, corrugated iron-clad, with a decorative façade were never envisaged as permanent constructions and the Watchmaker Shop is unusual in its survival and long occupation for its original purpose.

It has a Heritage NZ Cat.1 listing.

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Taken on September 17, 2012