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European migrants: Dalmatian gum diggers (2nd of 6)

European migrants: Dalmatian gum diggers

Dalmatian gum diggers drain the Aranga swamp at Maunganui Bluff, Northland, in the late 1890s. Finding gum was heavy and painstaking work. The ground was tested for gum using a long rod, with any likely lumps then dug up. Many Dalmatians sent much of what they earned home (to what is now Croatia), and would eventually return themselves.

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Martin Holland and Serena Kelly, 'Britain, Europe and New Zealand - Migration, travel and tourism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36829/european-migrants-dalmatian-gum-diggers (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Martin Holland and Serena Kelly, published 20 Jun 2012