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Arrowtown in the 1880s

Arrowtown in the 1880s

For a time, Italians helped swell the mining settlements adjacent to the gold diggings in Central Otago. One of these was Arrowtown, pictured here in the 1880s, where the population reached 7,000 during the gold rushes.

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Tessa Copland, 'Italians - Immigration 1860–1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2021)

Story by Tessa Copland, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015