Story: Gold and gold mining

Water race

Water race

Water races were channels cut across a hillside bringing water from streams to places where gold was mined. This one is on the Old Woman Range in Central Otago. Central Otago’s open tussock lands lacked trees, which was problematic for miners – in many places there was little wood for cooking, heating and building.

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Photograph by John Hunt, Landcare Research

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Methods of mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8621/water-race (accessed 24 November 2017)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006