Story: Gold and gold mining

Sluice and cradle, Kapanga Stream

Sluice and cradle, Kapanga Stream

This engraving from about 1852 shows men working the first find of gold in New Zealand. The diggers in the foreground are working a cradle – one man shovels gravel into it, while the other two tip in buckets of water and rock the cradle. The sluice box in the background has a constant supply of water entering along the wooden fluming, and all the men have to do is to shovel the gold-bearing gravel into the box.

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Wood engraving after a watercolour by Charles Heaphy

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Methods of mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006