Brief overview of the economic events that have created Invercargill “prosperity was responsible for the wealth of quality Victorian buildings built in the 1880s and 1890s. At the turn of the century, Southland’s timber and coal industries contributed to the growth of the town, and the many examples of Edwardian architecture are testimony to this prosperity. The large number of Art Deco style buildings indicates that the Depression of the 1930s arrived later in Invercargill than in other centres. The wool boom of the 1950s led again to economic prosperity, with the erection of buildings in the style of the modernist movement. It is this variety, proximity and coherence of historic architectural style that makes Invercargill unique.
JT Thomson, appointed the first Surveyor General of New Zealand in 1876, laid out the initial plans for Invercargill. As well as exploring the fascinating architecture of the city, this heritage trail explores some of his legacy, including the 40m wide streets in the city centre, the grid street layout, and the town belt reserves.” Southland Tourism online resource.
The heritage trail is based on Search the List for Invercargill. A goldmine of publicly available information around construction, architectural features and building materials, architects and builders involved in the buildings provenance. For heritage building buffs search the Heritage Trust list for details.
Invercargill and the sale of alcohol:
Invercargill avoids ‘prohibition’ Thursday, 26 March 2020 by Laura Smith
Invercargill residents will still be able to buy alcohol during lockdown as the city’s supply is managed within a licensing trust area. Invercargill Licensing Trust chief executive Chris Ramsay said it was advised of the decision at 10pm on Tuesday.
Before that, he worked to ensure the Government was aware of the “unique trading situations” they worked with. Those trading situations were that Invercargill residents could not buy alcohol from the supermarket, but it instead had to be purchased from bottle stores.
“The implications of a country-wide closure of bottle stores would mean that areas like Invercargill would be put back in the prohibition era.”
He said when they became aware there would be business closures, he worked to ensure the government was aware of the implications it would have.
“Just to let them know that if their intention was to ensure that all the same products and services were available throughout the country, that they perhaps ensured licensing trusts were exempt from bottle store closures, If their intention was not to do that then that was ultimately their call.”
He could not clarify which government imposed restrictions or conditions they would have to work to, but they would adhere to them once they were set. They were likely to know this week.
He said four areas maintained trading rights: The Invercargill Licensing Trust, Mataura Licensing Trust, Waitakere Licensing Trust and Portage Licensing Trust.
NOTE: To New Zealand visitors from outside the area, you cannot buy alcohol from the local supermarket.