Letter, Edwin (Ted) McPhee, Letter from the Yukon, 1898. Original, photocopy and...


Letter, Edwin (Ted) McPhee, Letter from the Yukon, 1898. Original, photocopy and transcription

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E McPhee, Letter from the Yukon, 1898; letter from Edwin McPhee to family in the Catlins describing the conditions in the Canadian goldfields. In the letter he talks of disappointment, corruption, bribery, the harsh climate and conditions, and he concludes that 'the whole affair is a gigantic swindle'. He expresses the hope that a married man [Clapperton?] he knows from the Catlins has not yet set out for Canada. Edwin McPhee was a son of William McPhee, ship builder and early Catlins settler.

Waldie, Allan, Moir, O Osborne, A Saunders, Whitelaw.

Dawson City, British Columbia, Lake Bennett, Vancouver, Yukon, 'Golden North', White Horse Rapids, Stewart River, Clear Creek.
The transcribed copy includes notes by Robin McLachlan of Charles Sturt University, Bathhurst, NSW, 2795 who presented a paper on Otago people who took part in the Klondike Goldrush to the Australasian Mining History Association Conference held at Cromwell in October 2018 (MJM)


McPhee, E (Mr)

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North and Central America, Canada, Yukon Territory, Dawson

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mining engineering. metallurgy, mineral deposits. metallic ore deposits. prospecting

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From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika, The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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