Drybread Cemetery is all that remains of the gold mining settlement that stood at the foot of the Dunstan Range near Omakau.
The landscape and its curious name are so wonderfully Central Otago, that Drybread continues to attract those seeking out an authentic Central experience. The only sign you will find of Drybread township today is a stand of gnarly old poplars and the white tailings left by relentless sluicing. Both are situated several hundred metres to the cemetery’s north-east.
The first burial is recorded as Thomas Greenback who was buried in the cemetery after accidentally drowning aged 18 months, on 28 February 1870. Unmarked graves of Chinese gold miners are also thought to exist in the cemetery. However some, if not all, are thought to have been exhumed and returned to China as was custom.
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