Hunts claims, Thames

No Binding. Photograph of Hunt's claim in the Thames gold fields. 32 x 27.5 cm. Some patches of the image lost, but not crucial for the interest of the image, but the rest showing fine details of the diggings and people. Gold was first discovered beside Hurunui Creek, Thames, in 1867, by William Albert Hunt. The Auckland photographer Robert Henry Bartlett immediately turned up on the scene with the goldfields opening only weeks after the original August 1867 discovery of the Shotover quartz lode. Bartlett, a prominent and controversial Auckland photographer, was declared bankrupt in 1870. The photograph c. late 1860s, shows miners, plus wives and children, posed on the diggings running up a hill side. Fair. Item #017580

Price: $780.00 NZD

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