Sunday, September 18, 2011

NZs Steampunk Capital

Oamaru a small town of less than 10,000 people that is famous in NZ for its limestone (Oamaru stone) and Victorian buildings. It has some truly stunning architecture and its Old Precinct is now the home to many cottage industries and boutique craftsmen who are preserving skills of yesteryear. The town is well worth a visit.

In the last 2-3 years Oamaru has embraced Steampunk and each October a Steampunk festival is held (and attracts support from the world famous Weta Workshop) . The town now embraces steampunk and proudly proclaims itself the Steampunk Capital on NZ- which makes this rural town (rural towns traditionally being known for their conservatism in NZ) an eclectic mix farmers and slightly mad/eccentric Steampunk ethusiasts and their Steampunk alter egos. Throw Alf's Imperial Army into the mix (still defending the Empire for all sorts of foes) and you have a very interesting wee town to visit.

Here are a few of the Steampunk exhibits on dispaly on the mainstreet of Oamaru.

Steampunk HQ


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