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Gold miners at Winding Creek, Southland

Gold miners at Winding Creek, Southland

The goldfields of Southland and Otago were well worked over by the late 19th century, but some Chinese still made a meagre living from them, as this photograph shows. Two unnamed Chinese men working with pick and shovel are watched by Presbyterian minister George McNeur.

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Manying Ip, 'Chinese - The first immigrants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

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