Story: Gold and gold mining



This 1869 work, ‘Okarita, a digging township’, by William Cooper depicts the small West Coast port of Ōkārito. Many diggers arrived on the West Coast by boat. By December 1865, Ōkārito township had 33 stores serving the miners who were digging the black-sand beaches. ‘Everybody who does not dig sells grog, and everybody who digs drinks copiously’, reported one correspondent.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-104-049
Chromolithograph by William Marshall Cooper

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - West Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006