Story: Gold and gold mining

First mines

First mines

New Zealand’s first two hard-rock gold mines are visible in this 1860s view of Driving Creek, Coromandel Peninsula. The Kapanga mine, in the foreground on the left, produced some 71,454 ounces of bullion (gold and silver) over the next 50 years. Nearby Scotty’s mine, on the ridge at upper left, was a financial failure.

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Coromandel School of Mines Museum

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - As good as gold', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8455/first-mines (accessed 19 November 2017)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006