The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
The Post And Telegraph Office at Glenorchy is subordinate to the Chief Postmaster, Invercargill, whence mails are despatched to Glenorchy on Wednesday and Saturday at 10.45 a.m., arriving at 2 p.m. on Monday and 2.30 p.m. on Thursday; and are despatched from the post town for Invercargill at 3.30 p.m. on Monday and 3 p.m. on Thursday. Mr Harry Birley is postmaster.
Mount Earnslaw Hotel , Glenorchy, Lake Wakatipu. This well-known and extensively patronised hotel is situated at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Tourists visiting Queenstown cannot fully realise the beauty and grandeur of the lake scenery without visiting Glenorchy. The view from the balcony of the hotel includes such mountain giants as Mounts Earnslaw and Bonpland, Kosmos Peak and Forbes Peaks, whose snow-clad slopes and summits rise against the clear sky in silent grandeur, and fill the beholder with awe, reverence, and delight. Special arrangements can be made for rowing parties on the lake, or excursions to Paradise Valley, and the rivers Rees and Dart, as well as to Lake Harris and the West Coast Sounds.
Mr. Joseph Karley Birley , Proprietor of Mount Earnslaw Hotel, Glenorchy, is a native of Yorkshire, England, where he was born in 1828. He has visited many American and Colonial goldfields and his recitals of Californian, Australian, and New Zealand mining experiences are highly entertaining. Mr. Birley left England for California in 1849, went to Victoria in 1852, came to Otago in 1863 and engaged in mining at the head of Lake Wakatipu, which is now known as Glenorchy. He was very successful at the Buckler Burn river, where he had one of the best claims in the district. Mr. Birley alleges he was the first to introduce hydraulic sluicing in Otago. He was married in 1866 to Sarah Ann, daughter of Mr. John Plummer, of Norfolk, and has three children, one of whom is Mr. Harry Birley, the well-known alpine climber, guide, and explorer, who was the first to make the ascent of Mount Earnslaw, a feat which was doubted for some years until confirmed by Mr. Malcolm Ross and others, who found actual traces of Mr. Birley's performance.