Posts by Gordon Ell

Kiwiosities – Gold!

Gabriel’s Gully and Gabriel Read

On a branch of  the Tuapeka River, near Lawrence, Gabriel Read discovered gold on May 21, 1861.  At a place where a kind of road crossed on a shallow bar I shovelled away about two and a half feet of gravel, arrived at a beautiful soft slate and saw the gold shining like the Orion on a dark, frosty night”.

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Kiwiosities: Chopper boys

Kiwiosities coverExcerpts from Kiwiosities, a book by Gordon Ell on the traditions and folklore of New Zealand.

Chopper boys

The brave and possibly foolish lads who ride helicopters in search of wild deer. During the 1970s they used the aircraft as shooting platforms, flying into remote valleys…

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