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Rush to Riches. Kauri and Gold by Gordon Ell.

June 29, 2020

rush richesRush to Riches. Kauri and Gold by Gordon Ell. Pub. Oratia, 2020.

Adapted from two books published in 1995 and 1996 this excellent non fiction work looks at the NZ gold rushes and the Kauri timber and gum industry in a way that can be easily accessed by primary and intermediate readers and researchers.

Where these industries took place, how the timber gum and gold were accessed, the effects on the landscape and the peopling of New Zealand and the economic outcomes for new Zealand are all covered. Excellent photographs of the people who exploited these resources and the lives they led plus the effects and attitudes of the Maori population.

Did you know that one kauri tree had enough timber to build 6 houses and that the biggest gold nugget found here was called The Honourable Roddy. The NZ Govt gave it to King George V as a coronation gift and he had it melted down for a golden tea service.

These and other very interesting facts are covered in this short publication. Invaluable for school libraries and a source of reference of NZ history.

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