Story: Irrigation and drainage

Gold sluicing

Gold sluicing

Miners used water for sluicing or washing away gravels in Central Otago gold mines in the 19th century. Water races were built to lead water from nearby rivers or streams to the mine site. These Chinese miners are sluicing at the upper Kye Burn stream, now known as Kyeburn Diggings, about 1900.

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Terry Heiler, 'Irrigation and drainage - Beginnings of irrigation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Terry Heiler, published 24 Nov 2008