New Zealand facts & history in brief
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was built on its commanding site
on the Otago Peninsula in the early
1870s by William Larnach, a wealthy
banker and politician.
Larnach born in New South Wales
to a wealthy station owner,
educated in Sydney, and joined
the Bank of New South Wales.
In 1867, he took over as manager
of the Bank of Otago in Dunedin.
He was soon nominated and elected
as the local Member of Parliament
and served as Treasurer, Minister of
Public Works and Minister of Mines.
He imported exotic timbers, Aberdeen
stone, Italian marble, Venetian
glass, and skilled artisans from
Europe to build one of New Zealand's
very distinctive buildings.
Larnach's Castle and its carefully
maintained gardens, has been restored
in recent years and is a
major tourist attraction.
The Castle also very popular
Larnach's luck and fortune didn't
last very long and due to his
financial problems, he
committed suicide in 1898,
at the Parliament Buildings.
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