Gold-panning history, Paul Moon

Rushing for Gold: Life and Commerce on the Goldfields of New Zealand and Australia
Lloyd Carpenter and Lyndon Fraser (eds)
Otago University Press, $45.00
ISBN 9781877578540

Since 1887, when Vincent Pyke’s History of the Early Gold Discoveries in Otago was published, there has been a steady stream of books and articles dealing with aspects of the gold-rush in that region of the South Island during the 1860s. And in the case of the history of the discovery of gold in Victoria in the preceding decade, the research on the topic is even more voluminous. So can there be enough nuggets of insight remaining to be found by academic prospectors to justify another substantial volume on the gold-rushes in this period? The answer, in Rushing for Gold, is a resounding yes, the 21 authors who have contributed to this book having tapped into several fresh seams of analysis and interpretation.

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