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Evansdale
Urban Area Population  ? (prob less than 40)
Territorial
Authority
Name Dunedin City Council
Population 122,ooo (est.)
Extent

Dunedin City includes the towns of
Waikouaiti, Warrington
Waitati, Karitane

Regional
Council
Name Otago Regional Council

Evansdale is a locality on State Highway 1, 25km north of Dunedin, at the north west of Blueskin Bay. It also has lent its name to a cheese producer, and a census-gathering district, which recorded 1,284 people in 2006.[1]

HistoryEdit

Evansdale began as a collection of houses and a hotel (the Blueskin Hotel), around the bridge over Careys Creek. This bridge formed a strategic point on what was called the Main North Road, and a toll gate was built here. William Evans, a Welshman, and another settler David Carey competed for the right to name the locality as Evansdale or "Carey Junction"; eventually Carey's name was applied to the creek.

When the Main South Line railway was built from Dunedin a terminal station here, Whaitiripaku, provided a transit point to horse-drawn transport northward.

Evansdale's period as a railhead encouraged rapid development, and in a short time there was a post and telegraph office and a school. Later the railway was linked around the coast to Christchurch and the station, now a through station known as Evansdale, became less important. The community began a long, slow economic decline: the school (closed in 1928) and the post office both relocated to Warrington. The hotel remained and eventually became an important fuel stop, the Glenhouse Service Station, as road transport developed.

In the early 1970s, the Main North Road, now known as State Highway 1 was widened and straightened through the village with devastating effect, taking out about half a dozen houses. A large depot for the New Zealand Ministry of Works was built for the major road improvements over the nearby Kilmog. The Service Station had its rear facing the new highway.

The village declined economically from the 1980s to the 2000s as Rogernomics and changes in the fuel industry led to the closure of the Works depot, railway halt, and service station. The depot became an owner-operated sawmill and landscaping business while the service station is gradually being developed for retailing and hospitality. A new development over this period was the Evansdale Cheese factory producing handcrafted "farmhouse" cheeses. The cheese factory's success has ironically contributed to Evansdale's decline: it relocated to Hawksbury, 15 km to the north.

Confusion over the place nameEdit

  • When Evansdale Cheese relocated to Hawksbury, its prominent signage there led to that location becoming mistakenly known as "Evansdale".

Evansdale nowEdit

In the 2000s, Evansdale has experienced a housing micro-boom, with a growth in housing stock of about 10% over a couple of years. It has quick commuter access to Dunedin and several vacant residential building sites with electricity and water connections.

ReferencesEdit

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