Kōrero: Gold and gold mining

Beach mining

Beach mining

These two diggers are at Rāhui, near Charleston on the West Coast. They are looking for gold in the heavy black sands by washing it over a riffle table. As beach gold was very fine, traditional riffle tables were not efficient. Copper plates covered with a film of mercury, like the ones being used here, recovered more gold. In the background is wooden fluming, which carried water to the beach workings.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-015698; F

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - West Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8612/beach-mining (accessed 20 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006