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South African Goldfields.

The New Zealand "Herald" says:— "We wish to draw the attention of our readers and thoso who may be seeking " fresh fields and pastures new," to the following extract from a private letter received from Natal, • South Africa, by an old colonist to a relative now residing in Now Zealand, viz.—"l would strongly advise you to give up all idea of leaving New Zealand for here at present. The goldfields in South Africa arc very different to what tho Australian diggings were in their earlier days. In Australia tho gold was found without much labor. In Africa it is only in the quartz, and the average find in a ton of quartz (which is about a cart-load) and haß to be then crushed, ground, and sifted very fine, then washed, and after all their labor on it, if they can only realise about two ounces of gold it is as much as they can expect, and do not grumble. I am informed that tho pioneers who went to Barborton and Johannesberg were very sanguine, and built a large town in each place, but we have heard lately that there is much distress and want of employment in both towns. When it was explained to me that the cost and labor of obtaining about 2oz of gold was more than the precious metal would realise 1 felt thankful I had not advised you to return and try your" luck here, 1*001)10 without means should not attempt to como hero, as most of the subordinate labor is performed by natives, who (lock thoro from all parts, and. Indians also who have been long domiciled in Natal."

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South African Goldfields., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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South African Goldfields. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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