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Life and death on the Otago goldfields

The Otago gold rushes began in 1861 with the discovery of gold at Gabriel’s Gully (where Lawrence now stands). The first gold miners were predominantly European men, with Chinese miners arriving in numbers from 1866, and women and children becoming gradually more common on the goldfields after initial settlement. Recently we have begun to gain unique insight into the lives, experiences and hardships of the people of the goldfields through archaeological excavations at cemeteries associated with the gold rushes. Our work focuses on the first Lawrence cemetery (in use between 1861 and 1867), now private residential land, and the “Chinese” section of the new cemetery (in use from 1867). In this talk we will bring to light the stories of these early goldminers using evidence from the bones and material remains of the people themselves.

Date Sunday, 18 August 2019
Time 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Audience Public,Alumni,All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Public Lecture
LocationToitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
Contact NameCentre for Global Migrations

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