Marlborough Museum Collection of Gold Mining Objects and Photographs
Miner with Sluice Box

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Copyright Marlborough Museum - Marlborough Historical Society Inc
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Collection MHS (unaccessioned) Art
Date c.1997
Description A laminated onto cardboard drawing by Prue Matthews of a miner using a sluice. This is possibly the original drawing, rather than a copy. Made by Prue for the original 1997 Marlborough Museum Gold Mining display.

A label, author unknown, made to go with the original display has the following;
"Cradle and Sluice Box.

"For many there was no alternative to the dish for until sawyers became established there was no timber for making boxes or cradles.

"The latter gold-saving device consisted of a box containing several sieves. When gently moved back and forth, an action known as 'rocking the cradle', the gold could be separated out. Miners who could not wait for the sawyers had no option but, with much grumbling, to cut it themselves.

"Two enterprising individuals walked to the Kaituna but on finding the steam mill abandoned - the millers were probably also at the Wakamarina - started it up themselves. After cutting the required timber they carried it back to their claim."
Object ID 0000.800.0310
Object Name Drawing
People Matthews, Prudence J.
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014