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Two Chinese gold miners, Otago, about 1900

Two Chinese gold miners, Otago, about 1900

Chinese gold miners often lived a lonely bachelor existence, creating a makeshift home while they eked a living from the goldfields. Presbyterian minister Alexander Don, who was missionary to the Chinese in Otago and Southland, took this photograph of fellow minister George McNeur with two such men outside their stone hut near Arrow Falls.

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Manying Ip, 'Chinese - The first immigrants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 June 2022)

Story by Manying Ip, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015