Gabriel's Gully

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Gabriel's Gully
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Gabriel's Gully during the height of the gold rush in 1862. Gabriels Gully In Otago Gold Rush.jpg
Gabriel's Gully during the height of the gold rush in 1862.
Hernert Deveril's gold rush era image of Gabriel's Gully in Otago, circa 1875 Gabriels Gully.jpg
Hernert Deveril's gold rush era image of Gabriel's Gully in Otago, circa 1875

Gabriel's Gully is a locality in Otago, New Zealand, three kilometres from Lawrence township and close to the Tuapeka River. It was the site of New Zealand's first major gold rush.

Otago Region of New Zealand in South Island

Otago is a region of New Zealand in the south of the South Island administered by the Otago Regional Council. It has an area of approximately 32,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi), making it the country's third largest local government region. Its population was 229,200 in June 2018.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

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Lawrence, New Zealand Town in Otago, New Zealand

Lawrence is a small town of 474 inhabitants in Otago, in New Zealand's South Island. It is located on State Highway 8, the main route from Dunedin to the inland towns of Queenstown and Alexandra. It lies 35 kilometres to the northwest of Milton, 11 kilometres northwest of Waitahuna, and close to the Tuapeka River, a tributary of the Clutha.


The discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully by Gabriel Read on 25 May 1861 [1] [2] led to the Central Otago goldrush. [2] While gold had been found in Otago before, this rush was beyond expectation, with the population of the gold field rising from almost nothing to around 11,500 within a year, twice that of Dunedin at the time. [3] [4] [5] It also stimulated overseas interest in the new colony.

Gold Chemical element with atomic number 79

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and atomic number 79, making it one of the higher atomic number elements that occur naturally. In its purest form, it is a bright, slightly reddish yellow, dense, soft, malleable, and ductile metal. Chemically, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements and is solid under standard conditions. Gold often occurs in free elemental (native) form, as nuggets or grains, in rocks, in veins, and in alluvial deposits. It occurs in a solid solution series with the native element silver and also naturally alloyed with copper and palladium. Less commonly, it occurs in minerals as gold compounds, often with tellurium.

Gabriel Read gold prospector and farmer

(Thomas) Gabriel Read was a gold prospector and later a farmer. His discovery of gold in Gabriel's Gully triggered New Zealand's first major the gold rush.

Otago Gold Rush Gold Rush that occurred during the 1860s

The Otago Gold Rush was a gold rush that occurred during the 1860s in Central Otago, New Zealand. This was the country's biggest gold strike, and led to a rapid influx of foreign miners to the area - many of them veterans of other hunts for the precious metal in California and Victoria, Australia.

In May 1911, the jubilee of the discovery of gold in Gabriel's Gully was held in Lawrence, with around 2,000 people attending, including surviving miners. [6]

Gabriel's Gully today is now part of the Gabriels Gully Historic Reserve, and is managed by the Department of Conservation. It has a Heritage New Zealand Category 1 designation. [7] [8]

Department of Conservation (New Zealand) New Zealand government agency

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  1. "Turning up treasures for biography". Otago Daily Times Online News. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  2. 1 2 "Striking gold in Gabriels Gully". Department of Conservation - Blog. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. "Gabriel's Gully | NZHistory, New Zealand history online". Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  4. "Gabriel's Gully". Lawrence. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  5. Whykickamoocow - curious New Zealand place names - McCloy, Nicola, Random House New Zealand, 2006
  6. "Gabriel's Gully gold discovery celebrations begin". Otago Daily Times Online News. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  7. "Gabriel's Gully | Heritage New Zealand". Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  8. Conway, Glenn (28 February 2009). "Category 1 status for Gabriels Gully". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 19 August 2019.

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