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In Dust jacket inch tear and spine a little faded but sound, First Edition 1959, frontispiece map, Black and White Plates, light foxing mainly edges, 223 Pages, Published By Reed Wellington.
A Very Good Copy.
'There has been nothing in the fabled past of New Zealand to match the story of the West Coast during the incredible years which followed 1860. In that year 16 men braved untold dangers and unprecedented hardship to bring out the first parcels of gold from "the Coast". There is nothing to compare with the exploits of the thousands who followed the golden trail and swarmed over every inch of the land to win fabulous quantities of the precious metal from beach, stream and gully; from terraces, rivers and the inhospitable hills- just over one hundred years ago. Westland's golden sixties is a fascinating saga of the most rigorous and adventurous of the New Zealand goldfields. the book touches briefly on tragedies which stalked the earliest explorers, and continues with stories of courage, panic, success, resource, failure, unbelievable privation and sacrifice- altogether an epic tale to equal the gold eras of Alaska and California. It is a story of people, and the manner in which they forsook hearth and home, family and business, and, heedless of consequences, plunged into the maelstrom which engulfed so many, as they sought to wrest the elusive royal metal from the ground where it had lain for untold centuries'
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