Story: Gold and gold mining

Free pardon

Free pardon

Banks bought gold from the miners. This meant that employees often carried large amounts of cash and gold, making them targets for robbers. The notice above offers a free pardon to any one of the thieves in this West Coast robbery who testifies against his accomplices. In the incident noted the robbers made off with gold dust and banknotes worth about $650,000 in 2005 currency.

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Christchurch Regional Office, Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Inwards Correspondence Provincial Secretary, Canterbury Provincial Archives. CAAR, CH287, CP71, ICPS 1543(1)/1865

Permission of Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga (Christchurch Regional Office) must be obtained before any re-use of this material.

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - West Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006