Story: Marutūahu tribes

Gold-mining days (1st of 3)

Gold-mining days

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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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-234-012
Watercolour by John Barr Clarke Hoyte

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Marutūahu tribes - Resources of the Hauraki region', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/760/gold-mining-days (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017