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Terawhiti gold mine

Terawhiti gold mine

In the 1870s and 1880s, prospectors looked for gold – in the veins of quartz in the greywacke rocks at Cape Terawhiti. However, very little gold was found. This is the entrance to the Golden Crown gold mine in 1881.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, E. R. Williams Collection
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Photograph by William Williams

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington places - The ‘Wild West’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13453/terawhiti-gold-mine (accessed 25 February 2020)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Mar 2016