"Gold diggers settlements in Arrowtown" New Zealand Things to Do Tip by RENE_CARDOEN

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  Arrowtown - Gold diggers settlements

History :
Arrowtown was established as the town of Foxes in 1862. It was the discovery of gold in the Arrow River which led miners by thousands into the district and resulted in the formation of settlements adjacent to the gold diggings.
From 1869 there was a small community of Chinese miners living in Arrowtown. They were originally invited as workers during the West Coast gold rush. The population of Chinese was entirely men, and the proceeds from their labours was sent home to families in China. The Chinese were regarded as successful miners, which was mainly due to their hard work. The Chinese Settlement was excavated and partially restored during 1983 and is well worth a visit

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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