Story: Hauraki–Coromandel region

Coromandel goldfields, 1852

Surveyor and artist Charles Heaphy, who served as a gold commissioner at Coromandel from November 1852 to June 1853, drew this cartoon of officers from the survey ship Pandora having a picnic and panning day on the field. The lone figure on a mountain at the top of the drawing is ‘ye gold commissioner’, Heaphy himself, who ‘speculateth on ye amount of ye licence fees’. Collecting fees was a principal task of a gold commissioner.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-299-003
Pencil and watercolour sketch by Charles Heaphy

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Paul Monin, 'Hauraki–Coromandel region - Gold mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Paul Monin, updated 1 Apr 2016