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Chinese miners at Upper Kyeburn

Chinese miners at Upper Kyeburn

Chinese miners were first brought to Otago in 1866, when Pākehā miners left in large numbers for the new West Coast goldfields. By the end of the 1860s some 2,000 Chinese were in Otago. They worked over fields thoroughly and some kept mining for many years. These men were photographed at Upper Kyeburn, near Naseby.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago region - Gold and development', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015