“Specimens liberally studded with gold”: The Quartz Mining History of a Remote Otago Valley.

Title“Specimens liberally studded with gold”: The Quartz Mining History of a Remote Otago Valley.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCarpenter, L. W.
JournalJournal of Australasian Mining History
Volume11
Issue1
Start Page1
Pagination23
Date Published10/2013
Abstract

Abandoned shafts, moonscapes of sluice workings and mullock piles beside old mines are typical elements in landscapes shaped by a gold rush. In Otago the prevalence of these landscapes means that for many areas, economic histories detailing gold yields, mining enterprises and the miners that worked them are lost or ignored as typical visual markers of an interesting heritage. Taking Otago’s Rise and Shine Valley as an exemplar landscape, I detail nine decades of its mining history and explain its remaining archaeology. This reveals layers of the industrial and mining past that is not apparent to the casual observer.