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CUP book

The Diggers' Story: Accounts of the West Coast gold rushes

20 November 2023

Edited by Julia Bradshaw


November 2014
$19.99 (was $49.99)
224pp, Paperback
250 x 215mm 32 colour pages
ISBN: 978-1-927145-60-9

These fascinating ‘tales and reminiscences of the Golden Coast direct from Westland’s earliest pioneers’ were originally compiled by Carl Pfaff for The Diggers’ Story, first published in 1914 to mark the 50th anniversary of the gold rushes that transformed this remote part of New Zealand. Long out of print, the book has been thoughtfully edited and expanded for today’s readers by Hokitika Museum director Julia Bradshaw.

The Diggers Story Accounts of the West Coast Gold Rushes

This new edition of The Diggers’ Story features additional stories and information, and is enlivened by more than 160 black and white images and 32 pages of exquisite colour illustrations, many of them previously unpublished. This compelling, richly illustrated record of the gold rushes will be essential reading for anyone interested in the West Coast’s explosive and romantic history.

Julia Bradshaw has been researching and writing about Otago and West Coast history for more than 15 years and is the author of five books including The Land of Doing Without: Davey Gunn of the Hollyford which was published by Canterbury University Press in 2007.

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