Photograph [Dredge at Ophir]; 19th Century; XOPO.9


Photograph [Dredge at Ophir]

About this object

Photograph; a black and white, landscape-oriented photograph mounted onto a pale card backing. A group of seven men and three boys stand on a wooden dredge. On the bottom left hand edge of the photograph in blue ink pen is written 'Dredge at Ophir'. On the reverse is written 'Mrs W Drake / Ophir'.

Dredging was a typical method of gold mining in Central Otago, where the majority of gold was found in the rivers and river terraces. By 1900 some 200 dredges were operating in Otago and Southland. In dredging, the bottom sediments from underwater were scooped up in order to be examined for gold. Once the gold was separated, waste rock was then discarded back into the river or elsewhere. Mrs Drake was postmistress at Ophir Post Office circa 1930s.

For more information about Ophir Post Office, which is cared for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Date Made

19th Century


25.4 x 30.3cm

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Collection of Ophir Post Office, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

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