Otago Anniversary Day was marked on Monday but today is the actual anniversary of the arrival of the ship John Wickliffe at what is now Port Chalmers.
When we travel now we’re usually well prepared, have seen where we’re going in films and have a pretty good idea about our destination.
That those early settlers would have known little about where they were going says a lot about the conditions they left, their fortitude and their sense of adventure.
Many had firm beliefs in the importance of education, hard work and thrift.
They shaped the province I call home and I’m grateful to them.