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Otago gold escort, 1860s

Otago gold escort, 1860s

Gold escorts were established in Otago in the early 1860s to prevent hold-ups between goldfields and the provincial capital, Dunedin. Here the escort, armed with carbines, revolver and sabres, prepares to leave Clyde in Central Otago for Dunedin.

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Richard S. Hill, 'Police - Provinces, war and gold, 1850s to 1870s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Richard S. Hill, published 20 Jun 2012