Kōrero: Gold and gold mining

Spoon dredge, Buller River, 1895

Spoon dredge, Buller River, 1895

The earliest dredges were spoon dredges – a leather or canvas bag tied around an iron loop attached to a pole (1). The spoon was dragged towards the bow by a winch (2) then lifted and the contents dumped into a sluice box (3). A pump (4) driven by a waterwheel (5) provided water for washing the gravel in the sluice box.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Alexander Turnbull Library, Tyree Studio Collection (PAColl-3064)
Reference: 10x8-0503; G
Diagram by John Barry

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Dredging', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8625/spoon-dredge-buller-river-1895 (accessed 28 May 2022)

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