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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