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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 Excerpt: ...some years on the Upper Buller, and is now about three miles above Fern Flat. Four Bivcr Plain Gold-dredging Company.--This company have a claim of 100 acres, which is situated on the Buller River about a mile below the mouth of the Matakitaki River, and the same distance above the Buller dredge. The dredge has been in active operation for some months. Kohikohi Gold-dredging Company.--This company have a special claim of 100 acres, 38 acres of which is freehold. It is situated on the Matakitaki River near Murchison, and about five miles up the river from its junction with the Buller. The pontoons have been completed some time, and the company expect to commence dredging in three or four months. At least half a dozen other companies have been formed, or are in course of formation, with the object of placing dredges on various parts of this river. Alluvial. About the usual amount of alluvial mining has been carried on in the district during the year, and no particularly rich finds have been reported. In the Maruia Mr. George Walker has a sluicing claim of 30 acres, and is said to be getting very good returns. Several other smaller sluicing claims are also being worked in the Maruia and Upper Matakitaki districts, and very fair returns are being obtained; while on the banks of the Maruia and Matakitaki Rivers a good few individual miners manage to make a living. On the Buller River alluvial mining is principally confined to the Chinese, a fair number of whom seem to be making a living. At White's Point--twelve miles up the Buller from Lyell--the Neville and Perkins Hydraulic Sluicing Company have acquired an extensive flat from the freeholders (Messrs. Neville and Perkins), and are bringing in forty heads of water from the Newton River with which to work the g...
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