History of the Early Gold Discoveries in Otago



by Vincent Pyke, M.H.R. Late Warden and Otago Goldfields Secretary, first published in 1887. 151pp

A good insight into the early days of the Otago Goldfields. Written from the author’s personal experience after acceptance of office in early 1862.
Chapter Titles – Early Settlers – The Chief Surveyors Report – The Interior of Otago – Letters about Gabriel Gully – Black Peter – Read as a Prospector – First Export – Dunstan Creek – Small Discoveries – Hartley and Reilly’s Account of their Discoveries – Moke and Moonlight
Additional Chapters – Black Peter’s First Mate – Episode of the Dunstan Rush – How Fox was Found.
Appendices -A. Maori Names for Gold – B. Gabriel Read’s Narrative – C. Waipori Bush Reserve – D. Hartley’s Victorian Miner – E. Official Report – F. Jackson’s Bay – G. Water Races at Blue Spur – H. Blue Spur – I. Snow Poles – K. The First Mining Conference – L. Nuggets – M. Agricultural Settlements – N. West Coast Exploration.
Illustrations – Gabriel’s Gully in 1862 – Vincent Pyke – Major Richardson – Gabriel Read – Captain Baldwin – Black Peter – Members of First Mining Conference. The Emigrants Prospects.


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