Story: Gold and gold mining

Choie Sew Hoy’s dredge (3rd of 3)

Choie Sew Hoy’s dredge

In 1887 Choie Sew Hoy took up claims on the lower Shotover River and worked them with a newly built steam-powered bucket-ladder dredge. It was an immediate success. A key factor in its design was that the bucket ladder could extend outward so that a river’s banks as well as its bed could be mined. This dredge was probably built by Kincaid & McQueen of Dunedin. It worked on Big Beach, downstream from the Edith Cavell bridge at Arthurs Point, Queenstown.

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Dredging', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006