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Kiwiosities: Gabriel’s Gully

Gabriel’s Gully and Gabriel Read

On a branch of the Tuapeka River near Lawrence, Gabriel Read discovered gold on May 23, 1861.  ‘At a place where a kind of road crossed a shallow bar I shovelled away about two and a half feet of gravel, arrived at a beautiful soft slate and saw gold shining like the stars in Orion on a dark frosty night.’

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