What we’re doing

Even before the Waipori Goldfields Charitable Trust was set up, the people who are now associated with the trust worked with others to research, protect and promote Waipori’s heritage and history.  Here are some of the activities carried out before the trust was formally established.


David Still’s book Gold beneath dark waters: the people of Waipori was published in 2016, and reprinted in 2019 with some corrections and additions. 

This tells the stories of more than 500 families and individuals who lived and worked in the Waipori area, and includes more than 200 photos and maps.

Cemetery restoration

In 2016 several graves were restored at the Waipori cemetery and information panels erected to tell the story of the local area and identify people buried in the cemetery.

Gathering of descendants

At Easter 2016, some 150 descendants of people who had lived at Waipori gathered at nearby Lawrence. 

Many stories were told, and plenty of photos and mementoes shared.  The gathering provided the impetus to establish the trust.


During the 2016 gathering a plaque was unveiled at the site of the Hibernian accommodation house at Waipori, where a murder was committed in 1865. 

This murder is the subject of Ashley Blair’s 2015 book Murder on the Otago goldfields: the 1865 stabbing of Richard Atkinson at Waipori.

First World War history

The history of six men from Waipori who served in the First World War but did not return home was researched and their stories added to the Waipori Gold website to mark Anzac Day in 2020.


Visitors to the cemetery are able to use a solid picnic table made from locally-sourced macrocarpa, which was installed in 2020.