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Gold Panning Dishes HC70/1-9

Set of 9 round metal gold panning dishes with sloping sides and depth of 80mm.

Included is one large and one small piece of pyrite (fool's gold).

Known as gold dish pans these pans are similar to those that have been used for hundreds of years. Pans have been made out of a variety of materials including wood, cow horn and steel. The first gold rush in New Zealand was in 1952 in the Coromandel. 

Tauranga has a strong connection to gold mining with the once thriving mines in the Karangahake gorge, and the current mining of gold and silver in nearby Waihi. 

Click here to read or download a free Hands on Tauranga resource for teachers 'Gold Fever!'

date: Early 20th Century

max dimension: 315mm
subject area: Social Science, Science, Aotearoa Histories, 
specific themes: Gold, Mining, History, Panning, Industry, Environment, 

keywords: gemstones, rocks, minerals, 

handling collection number: HC70/1-9

YouTube :  video's related to the history of gold mining in Aotearoa

Aotearoa Histories Curriculum Links 

  • Years 1-3 Kōwhiringa ohaoha me te whai oranga | Economic Activity > Living and Working > The ways different groups of people have lived and worked in this rohe have changed over time.

  • Years 4-6 Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity > Origins, Voyaging and Adaptation >  The stories of groups of people from different periods in our history convey their reasons for and experiences of migration. These stories have shaped their culture and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Years 7-8 Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity > Finding a place in Aotearoa New Zealand. Over time people from a wide range of cultures have participated in and contributed to Aotearoa New Zealand, while retaining and adapting their distinctive identities. The histories of Chinese, Indian, and other Asian communities, Pacific communities, refugee and faith-based communities, disability communities, and the Deaf community demonstrate how this has been experienced. Some have met barriers. Advocating for the right to citizenship and respect for difference has contributed to the development of a more diverse nation.

  • Years 9 and 10 Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity > Peopling the colony: inclusion and exclusion. Since the mid-nineteenth century, immigration practices and laws have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand’s population and sought to realise dominant cultural ideals and economic ends, including via Chinese goldminers, Indian and Scandinavian labourers, and Pacific workers.


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