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Larnach's Castle

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 wedding venue.
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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