Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Diggers Hatters and Whores.

Diggers Hatters and Whores. The Story of the New Zealand Gold Rushes. Stevan Eldred-Grigg. 2008 1st edition. Auckland

A very comprehensive and interesting book with masses of unusual and repros of old paintings, engravings and drawings.

Gold rushes around the world
The NZ gold rushes
Very detailed information about the diggings
Names of Maori diggers in Golden Bay
Rights of landowners. Laws governing the diggings
Women who followed the camps. Chinese diggers
Shanty towns, drinking, incidents, fights, crime, murders
Life and death on the diggings

Wonderful illustrations and repros of paintings incl: Miners in the Sierra 1851; a lynching in San Francisco 1851; Diggers at Ballarat 1851; Coromandel Diggers 1852; Dunstan diggings c1862; Skippers gold claim 1865; transalpine road to the diggings of the West Coast; Grey Valley Diggers c1867; Hokitika c1865; Queen of Beauty and Bright Smiles Mines, Thames 1874; quartz crushing battery, Thames; Karangahake goldfield 1897; Kaniere diggings 1866; Macraes Flat, Otago; digger huts Hauraki 1864-67; diggers pig hunting, West Coast 1868

Maps incl gold rush areas NZ; Otago 1866; Marlborough.

545pp; black/white and coloured photos and illustrations; maps; repros of old adverts; index; bibliography; very thick hard covered book with illustrated dust jacket; both excellent condition brand new.

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