FIRST YEAR ON THE THAMES GOLDFIELD 1867 -1868

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

Au­gust 28 to Septem­ber 3, 1867

De­spite al­most two months of rain and the slow progress, a feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion at times pre­vails on the dig­gings.

A num­ber of min­ers are com­ing and go­ing and the same may be said of small coast­ing craft.

There are now be­tween 400 and 500 men on the ground but it is be­lieved men from the West Coast are needed be­fore any re­sults will be seen.

By now at Short­land Town 56 busi­ness al­lot­ments have been taken up and 129 miner’s rights is­sued.

The near inces­sant rain has left the roads muddy bogs and the en­trances to buildings are lay­ered with ti tree and fern.

Short­land Town can boast of about 20 weath­er­boarded houses.

Men known in the southern gold­fields as the ‘right sort’ have be­gun to ar­rive.

They don’t re­main in the town­ship look­ing around them, but start right away to prospect with the in­ten­tion of set­tling in and giv­ing the ground a trial.

Dig­gers are also leav­ing Coro­man­del for the Thames to try their luck.

Ar­range­ments with the Maori for open­ing more ground at the Thames have been com­pli­cated and te­dious.

Dud­ley Eyre, sur­veyor, is at work one af­ter­noon near the beach at the land­ing place, Short­land Town.

He hears a great dis­tur­bance and goes to see what it is about.

He sees two Maori men hold­ing a Maori woman. Euro­peans gather round cry­ing ‘‘Shame!’’

This scuf­fle will have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the Thames gold­fields.

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

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