Pay Dirt (Paperback)Hilary Catherine Low (author)
Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 30/05/2017
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Pay Dirt: The Westland Goldfields, from the diary of William Smart is the fascinating story of how payable gold was discovered in West Canterbury, and of claims to the government's rich gold reward. It tells how English settler William Smart left Christchurch in 1862 to prospect for gold in the uncharted wilderness of the West Coast. Then, in 1887, long after the Canterbury government had granted another prospector the reward, which Smart regarded as rightfully his, he was provoked to write his own 'history' of the early gold discoveries. The Westland Goldfields was his attempt to set the record straight; but, incidentally, he produced a unique eye-witness account of early Pakeha on the Coast, prospecting alongside Maori, braving the hazardous environment, isolation and ever-present risk of starvation - before the region was overwhelmed by the gold rushes of the 1860s. Smart's account, together with his drawings, is published here for the first time.
Publisher: Canterbury University Press
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 8 mm
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