Story: West Coast region

Chinese miners

Chinese miners

These Chinese gold miners, photographed near Greenstone in the Kumara area, are working an alluvial claim. They often worked ground that was regarded as uneconomic by other miners, as well as reworking the tailings from other miners’ alluvial claims.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Settlement and changing population', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016