The discovery of gold in the Coromandel Peninsula in 1852 was a mixed blessing for the Hauraki peoples. While it brought trade and enterprise to the region, the tribes never enjoyed the benefits they felt were owing to them. This scene of gold miners’ huts was painted by J. B. C. Hoyte in the mid-1860s, when prospecting was under way in the vicinity of Coromandel township.
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