Story: Gold and gold mining

Ye diggings, 1852

This cartoon by artist and surveyor Charles Heaphy depicts the Coromandel goldfields in 1852 shortly after payable gold was first discovered. It shows officers from the survey ship Pandora on a gold-mining picnic panning and drinking. The two activities went hand in hand – miners often drank away their hard-won earnings from gold.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Pencil and watercolour sketch by Charles Heaphy

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Coromandel Peninsula', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006