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Hokitika in the 1860s

Hokitika in the 1860s

When gold was discovered on the South Island’s West Coast in 1864, ships from Australia crowded the quay of Hokitika’s river port. The town was described as ‘a suburb of Melbourne’. To the chagrin of the Canterbury province, most West Coast gold was shipped to Melbourne rather than across the Alps to Christchurch.

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John Wilson, 'Australians - Sheep farmers, gold miners, soldiers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Mar 2015