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Visit this page for searching the catalogue, ordering records and for information about a visit to the regional Archives:
  • For Otago Mining records: Archives NZ, Dunedin.
  • For West Coast Mining records: Archives NZ, Christchurch.
  • For Thames & Coromandel Mining records: Archives NZ, Auckland.

Many of the records held by Archives New Zealand, including some mining records, are indexed on ARCHWAY. This includes the mining records after the period covered by the Goldminer's Database (after 1861 - 1872).

The Alexander Turnball Library collection holds many early manuscripts and records, including the earliest NZ mining records available. The National Library of New Zealand collection includes early mining photos, most of them available to search online.

If a miner was married, had a child born, or one of the family died in New Zealand, these official records will help identify them by placing them near the goldfield.

Many miners moved from the Victorian goldfields to New Zealand from 1861 onwards and can be found on the Victoria Outwards to NZ passenger lists index. Public Record Office of Victoria.

Most of the miners arrived in New Zealand from distant ports, some of whom may be found on this FAMILYSEARCH database.

Many of the miners had already settled in New Zealand as immigrants before making their way to the goldfields.

Many of the miners who came to Australia and New Zealand were 49ers in the goldrush in California 1849 - 1854. Search for them in the 1852 census index on the FamilySearch website.

Search for information on the history of NZ Goldfields.

A selection of historical pictures and photos from early New Zealand available online.

Search all the New Zealand Newspapers from the Goldmining era. From the National Library of New Zealand.

Search all the Australian Newspapers from the Goldmining era. From the National Library of Australia.

Compiled by the Avoca and District Historical Society, this index contains the names of over 3000 goldminers from the Lamplough goldfield near Avoca, Victoria, Australia.

THE TREASURY at Thames, New Zealand holds Thames mining records and maps as well as records on the settlers of the whole Coromandel district.


The Museum at Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand holds a large collection of mining-related records and memorabilia.

The Tuapeka Goldfields Museum shows some of the history and artifacts from the Goldrush era as well as explaining some of the prospecting and mining methods used.Located at Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand.

Located on the banks of the spectacular Kawarau Gorge, near Cromwell, Otago, the Goldfields Mining Center is a historic reserve, protected by New Zealand's Department of Conservation to depict the life and working conditions of Otago's Early goldminers.

A guided tour of a working stamper battery and goldmine complex on the site of the old Caledonian claim in Thames, New Zealand. Information also about the Hauraki Prospector's Association.

The complex is significant for its links with science and technology, still containing a large amount of equipment related to the development and teaching of gold mining and extraction techniques. Open to the public.

A forum for those who would like to fossick for gold on their own.

Located at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Sovereign Hill recreates Ballarat's first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of a fortune in gold.

Located at Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. From the remains of house sites and puddling machines to the gold mines and gullies that yielded fortunes, Australia's first national heritage park harbours fascinating tales of a golden past and retains much of its gold-rush character.


Contact: Kae Lewis