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Old Photo - Prospecting for Gold, Onerahi, Whangarei

No GPS coordinates, and definitely a staged shot LOL I presume it was a genuine attempt at prospecting though. 1898
Whangarei Museum Collection

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“Hunting for gold on slopes of Parahaki, Whangarei” 1898

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Great photos…it would be interesting to know how successful they were.

I believe gold was found, but not in economic quantities (at the level of technology of the day).
Here’s an interesting article, will need to download it to get the full (readable) size.

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I think it would still require significant mining operation to get enough quartz to process.
Same reason Thames hasn’t started back up.