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Record 9/83
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A black and white photograph showing a group of miners around a sluice box in a gold mining claim. Information as typed by Norm Brayshaw: "An early claim in the Wakamarina, this is possibly the Deep Creek area." Copied by Norm Brayshaw in 1960 from a photograph held by Mr. Reader, Dashwood Street, Blenheim. Includes a negative. A scan of this photograph is to be used in the Changing European History Gallery 2 display in commemoration of the Marlborough Provincial 150th anniversary on 1 November 2009. ............................................................................................................................................................................... Caption 10 An 1870's claim in the Wakamarina Valley, near Deep Creek. In winter, the miners put up with freezing conditions, and were often wet through. Under the trees, the huts would have been shady, and cold. The creek bed has been excavated down to bedrock, and the unwanted boulders stacked neatly either side. Much of the creek's flow was used to wash gold-bearing gravels that were shovelled into the wooden flume boxes. A recovery box, or Long Tom may be in the foreground. The forker's job is to lift out, and discard, the unwanted, larger stones bowling along in the flow. 2009.067.0015
An Early Wakamarina Claim -Photographs of Marlborough 1859-1909 -Copyright Marlborough Museum - Marlborough Historical Society Inc
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