Beaumont, New Zealand

Beaumont is located in New Zealand
Beaumont
Beaumont

Beaumont is a small town in inland Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on the Clutha River / Mata-Au six kilometres southeast of Raes Junction, between Roxburgh and Balclutha. Beaumont is connected to Milton and Roxburgh by State Highway 8.[1]

Aerial photo of the Beaumont area in 2006, State Highway 8 crosses the Clutha River just below centre

Beaumont was named for Beaumont Burn, probably about 1857.[2]

For eleven years, Beaumont served as the terminus of a branch line railway that ran from a junction with the Main South Line at Milton. The railway reached Beaumont in 1914; an extension to Millers Flat was opened in 1925. The line was ultimately reached Roxburgh as the Roxburgh Branch, operating until 1968.[3] Relics of the railway still remain, including a stock yard and a bridge over the Beaumont River.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New Beaumont bridge design begins". Otago Daily Times. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  2. ^ Reed, A.W. (2002) The Reed dictionary of New Zealand place names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-790-00761-4.
  3. ^ "Story: Otago Places". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Coordinates: 45°49′S 169°32′E / 45.817°S 169.533°E / -45.817; 169.533