Story: Dalmatians

Draining a swamp

Draining a swamp

As the gumfields became depleted, the diggers turned to swamps for kauri gum. Digging ‘on the face’, this gang at Ōmāmari, north of Dargaville, is cutting a 10-metre-deep drain. Once a swamp was drained they would move in with spades and probes. The fact that they worked in large gangs drew resentment from the more solitary British diggers.

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Carl Walrond, 'Dalmatians - Work and war: 1890 to 1930', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015