The ‘Town Crier’ with the aid of some modern technology announced the acts and entertainment which included an Old Timers Band, Gypsy street performers and some seriously talented Irish dancers. People were even taking Clydesdale pulled wagon rides for free.
The event, called 'Layers of Gold' was celebrating Gabriel Read and his golden discovery 150 years ago. This was the start of a gold rush which saw would be miners in search of riches swarming to Dunedin from all over the globe. Port Chalmers and Dunedin City became the gateway to the goldfields and the riches acquired from the diggings paid for the development of the city.
Dunedin became the site of New Zealand’s first University, and some of the Southern Hemispheres grandest buildings designed with Victorian and Edwardian architectural flair. This year the BNZ, Greggs, Allied Press and the Dunedin Fire Brigade have also celebrated their 150th anniversaries. The ‘Layers of Gold Festival’ was the key celebration for 2011, thanks to the hours of work put in by members of the Dunedin City Council, Southern Heritage Trust, Otago Community Trust, BNZ, Port Otago, Oceania Gold Macraes, Media Works and the Otago Daily Times.