Gold rush (New Zealand)

Where can I find information about the gold rushes in New Zealand?

Entry last updated: 12/03/19

Introduction

The New Zealand gold rush began with a discovery of gold in the Coromandel area in 1852. As more gold was discovered, people came to New Zealand from all over the world looking to strike it rich. This influx of settlers hoping to make their fortune had a big impact on New Zealand's early economy.

General websites

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

  • Try searching for the keywords 'gold rush'.
  • The story Gold and gold mining has lots of great information. It covers different parts of New Zealand where people mined for gold, facts about their work and daily lives, and how the gold rush affected the economy. It also looks at the impact the gold rush had on Māori.
  • There are many interesting photos in the images and media section on the left-hand side of the results page.
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NZHistory

NZHistory is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we go all the way down the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

  • Search for the keywords 'gold rush'.
  • The first result First major gold rush in Otago has information about the first large discovery of gold in 1861.
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New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals

This site has a section called History of minerals and coal that explains the development of the New Zealand mining industry since 1840. The most interesting part of this section is the map which shows all the mining sites around New Zealand.

Tips: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

New Zealand Geographic

This is one of the EPIC databases. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

  • Search for the keywords 'gold rush'.
  • Have a look at the article called Gold.
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Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC for short) is the government website about preserving the natural and historical sites of New Zealand. You can see it’s a government site by looking at the About us or Contact links at the top of the page.

Books

The following books have good information about the New Zealand gold rushes. Check with your school or public library for more.

SCIS no: 1870190

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