Author(s): Gordon Ell
Colonising New Zealand was as much of a search for wealth as an imperial venture. The rush to exploit the country's gold and kauri is a story of innovation and determination, as well as suspicion and thuggery. The rushes of both industries drew Maori and British, and also Americans, Australians, Dalmatians and Chinese to these shores. They brought their various cultures and adapted technology to extract their desired riches - kauri timber and gum from forests and fields in the north, gold from the rivers and mountains mostly in the south. Rush to Riches: Kauri and Gold explains the history and processes of both these formative industries, along with characters that became famous and infamous as they toiled to become rich. Plentiful illustrations and information boxes show how these industries shaped our society and left their mark on our environment.
Gordon Ell is a well-known writer and publisher with a life-long interest in New Zealand's natural and historic heritage. He has written more than 30 books for adults and children, and was the founder of the Bush Press. Originally from Christchurch, Gordon lives in Takapuna, Auckland.
Contents Gold Veins of wealth 6 The discovery of gold 9 The diggers 18 Recovering the gold 25 Goldfields life and characters 35 Getting about 43 Trouble on the goldfields 50 Kauri King kauri 56 Maori and kauri 64 Early days 68 Using the timber 72 Timber milling 78 Kauri gum and the gumdiggers 90 Saving the kauri 97 Conclusion - after the rushes 99 Index 100