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Fire destroys historic Aurum Homestead in Skippers Canyon, Queenstown

The 155-year-old, historic Aurum Homestead in the Skippers Canyon, near Queenstown, was destroyed in a suspected suspicious fire early on January 1, but the neighbouring historic school house has been saved. Central Otago Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw is appealing for a man and woman who camped at the category 2 historic places building to come forward, in the hope they can help solve the case. The couple were believed to have been from…