Auckland Libraries: Goldrush!

The goldrushes of the nineteenth century

Wednesday 26 August 12pm to 1pm Free

Join historian Kae Lewis to hear about the worldwide goldrushes of the nineteenth century and how to trace the gold miners that were often travelling from mine to mine in search of their fortunes.

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The major 19th-century gold rushes were a great stampede of young men from all over the world to the goldfields of California in 1849, then across the Pacific to Australia in 1851, on to New Zealand with four major goldfields: Otago (1861), West Coast (1864), Thames (1867 - 1971) Waihi (1880s) and then culminating in a rush to the Klondike (Canada) in 1899-1901. 

Kae will show how each goldrush differed from the previous and how to trace individual gold miners in each country. She will also demonstrate the use of the online Goldminer’s Database with its 70,000 fully searchable records to trace individual gold miners in the 1867 - 1872 goldrush era in New Zealand.

Kae LewisKae Lewis

Kae Lewis is the owner of the popular website, Goldrush Online , webmaster for The Treasury website , as well as being the Editor of The Treasury Journal, all three positions having been held now for more than a decade. She has a special interest in the early gold rushes, the gold miners who flocked to them, and the techniques they used to extract the gold. She recently published a major book entitled Goldrush To The Thames, NZ, 1867 - 1869

Before retirement, she was a biochemist, graduating D.Phil. from the University of Waikato and worked in medical research and I.V.F., both in New Zealand and overseas. She originally graduated BSc in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury, leading to a lifetime interest in the chemistry of gold and the history of the worldwide goldrushes 1850 - 1890s. 

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Join us in person in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2 Central City Library.
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