Story: Rivers

Gold dredge on the Buller River

Gold dredge on the Buller River

From the 1860s, dredges were used to mine gold from the beds of rivers in Otago and Westland. They were floating barges that used a mechanised bucket system to scoop up gravel. On board, the gold was removed from the rock, and then the waste was dumped. Huge mounds of spoil permanently shaped the surrounding landscapes.

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David Young, 'Rivers - The impact of European settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by David Young, published 24 Sep 2007