Story: Nelson region

Gold mining, Rocky River

Gold mining, Rocky River

Gold prospectors use a sluice gun to wash away gravels at Rocky River, near Collingwood, in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Water was piped from above through a pipe that reduced in diameter towards the end of the sluice gun, creating a powerful jet of water. A counterbalance on the other side of the gun made it easy to swing, to guide the jet. Golden Bay was named for its gold, not its golden weather or its golden-sand beaches.

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Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection
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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Mining, quarrying and energy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/28952/gold-mining-rocky-river (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 3 Aug 2015