Dunedin - Rattray Street 1862

Dunedin - Rattray Street 1862

Dunedin - Princes Street - 1860

Dunedin - Princes Street - 1860

Dunedin from Bell Hill 1864

Dunedin from Bell Hill 1864

Clyde, Central Otago. Founded on gold, Clyde was a bustling town in the gold rush era.  Steeped in history...

Founded on gold, Clyde was a bustling town in the gold rush era. Steeped in history.

Clutha Gold Trail. During the gold rush and sawmilling eras the whole district rattled with the sound of diggers and wagon trains as trade routes were established through the plains and across the Clutha River. The discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully by Gabriel Read in May 1861 led to the Central Otago gold rush.   With the population of the gold field rising from almost nothing to around 11,500 within a year, twice that of Dunedin at the time. www.cluthacountry.co.nz

Clutha Gold Trail. During the gold rush and sawmilling eras the whole district rattled with the sound of diggers and wagon trains as trade routes were established through the plains and across the Clutha River. The discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully by Gabriel Read in May 1861 led to the Central Otago gold rush. With the population of the gold field rising from almost nothing to around 11,500 within a year, twice that of Dunedin at the time. www.cluthacountry.co.nz

Dunedin from Bell Hill 1863

Dunedin from Bell Hill 1863

Burton Brothers Studio Dunedin, New Zealand. Early 19th century photographers.

Burton Brothers Studio Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dunedin Hospital. This building used to be the old Exhibition Building. Photo taken around 1870's.

This building used to be the old Exhibition Building.

Gabriels Gully:Taken in 1862, the year after Gabriel Read discovered gold, this photograph shows a moonscape of pitted earth. Miners dug down to 4 metres and raised up the gold-bearing gravels using devices called whips – a counterbalanced mānuka pole with a bucket on the end. The miners’ calico tents hug the sides of the hill away from the claims. It was Read’s discovery that led to the great Otago gold rushes of the 1860s.

Gabriel's Gully, site of first major gold strike in S Island, nr Dunedin

Princess Street, Dunedin, NZ

Princess Street, Dunedin, NZ

Immigration barracks: Dunedin

Port Chalmers, Dunedin Immigration Barracks, New Zealand.

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