Sho­tover claim struck

Meghan Hawkes’ con­densed Thames’ 150 years blog.

Hauraki Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

It is now just a week since the field was thrown open to prospec­tors.

Dig­gers stake out their claims and are soon steadily at work. Many are new to min­ing, but there are sev­eral ‘old hands’ from Bendigo and else­where.

Those who do not have tents build whares.

There is a mod­er­ate sup­ply of wood, and the flat on which the prospec­tors are work­ing is full of peach trees.

Wild pigs run through the gul­lies.

Pro­vi­sions are plen­ti­ful and more sup­plies are ex­pected by the re­turn steamer from Auck­land.

There are now five stores but a shoe­maker is needed as well as a black­smith to point the picks. Mr Eyre is sur­vey­ing the site of the town­ship, which has been named Short­land.

Sev­eral ves­sels over the past few days have brought an ad­di­tion of about 75 dig­gers in­creas­ing the pop­u­la­tion to around 260.

The weather is dread­ful. All the shafts are from 10 to 12 ft in wa­ter and some of the claims can­not be bailed out with buck­ets.

At 5am on 10 Au­gust three men set out for the Ku­ranui Creek un­der the cover of dark­ness.

One of them will strike the gold that makes the Thames and an­other will take the credit. They name their claim the Sho­tover.

To read the full ver­sion go to http://www.firstyearthames­gold­field.co.nz/

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