Story: Otago region

Miners’ guide, around 1863 (1st of 3)

This map for miners, produced early in the gold rush years, shows routes to both Gabriels Gully and the ‘new diggings’ – the 1862 finds at the Dunstan (later Clyde). It depicts an existing route to Gabriels Gully which roughly follows the present State Highway 8, and a shortcut promoted by ‘Red Coat’, the mapmaker (accompanied in his drawing by a reluctant packhorse). The routes to the new diggings were later known as the ‘old Dunstan’ and the ‘Pigroot’. The map is not very accurate, and Red Coat’s shortcut was little-used.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago region - Gold and development', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 June 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015