JHE SHOTOVER " PATCH,?' • ♦', ■
iDELWH OiP- Mk COBiTJEir. '
THAMES! GOLSDiEI^ EIRiA!'
T!he death' of Mr;;Will;kkn Cbbley, jig&A seventy-four,/vrfho; passed away yesterday at the residence of his daughiteir,.;Mrsi Markoy in 'Yarborough :sfcreety Pons'odby (writes* am Auckland •cam^Yondent), recalls the story of the famous SHiotover claim at tlhe . Thames 'from wjhioh. tlhe luoky owners .took 401 4i2;s, ounces of glold between 18167'aaid';lS-G9 : -. Mripoibley Tvas 'One of tfhe.po.Titin.iers.- ,'. •■ ■.„„•• . A,bouit. itihe year I'S&t the Govern■inent offered a,reward' of £5,000' for ■ihe diaoovieiry ■ of '■ a' :paiyialble, gKvldfiel'd, land iiti wals Tvihile: fb^sißkirig. aibout the Ttoitikisi.looikiing! for the "precious »ur:ihil'.v tihait- Odaikson made his $amous •dasflorery aitdlhe^ foot, of: af watie.i"f«ll pai the Kurataui Creek. THe .original' .pairtnem weire Messrs • Cliaa'k- »■•"■• n ; .and .Hunt, '.'and • while they were d.iscussinjr^lnk'ely-rnatties BOuiit Said' I :knoi>y: a, liiitle. fellow -named Coibley ; tijfee.hiim. ki:wi!iih us,': Hhe-'liittle fellow'was.tlalken iin- and Mr-White also joined tjhe ta-io. , fPh^se.: four men w-<ire..^TMvn in cloW* as tihe find proved a. phenoa^eaMly ■ rich .one.. ' and fmni tJje iir^ifc four, aiod a..;Kalf tons of ore they ,got; j0i'3,t.98 ounces of siiuetted p>li&'. -Wiithiu. a> few. "weeKs tUie Thames was , raked: from end' ta .end.
They were,.exciting 1, days when Mr 'Cobley' awd lias"iha-tJes. drew tih'eir big eilietjue* after tlheir clean, up, but* ■'ensy' wmef'easy go' wtafoiever ai true piayiing, and 1 "like; nfosit miners Mr. Cc'bley knw' 1 many upsVand downs. He ii H.iiined his fir.s,t miivhig expeiuen.ce on •the Tlhiaanpes',: and In hiR tiiin©. "h^- chirr■i.d on fairly' esftensive 1- 's^ctila--tioihs :in miiriibg* "conoeinhs. • Liaiteii" on 'fiepurc!hiaSieid".a'sitleaah,©r Trlhieh used to a-un 'be't!w:£«(n; Ahidkland^ airtd "D&rori--port, but tihi» wa» no*' ai sulcc^s. ETe then tried* fermiin^' ait. Pa ( fVa'i!:iwi.a> but there, wcn-e .nnj fortunes in tifoat. pant of ,f:he Wntfl'd"•"iirt. 'those dtays,';Aiid Mr.. Cobfey retvirniedj-tw his : old emplby--«n.9in iiion thfc ■Th^'tnes where "n© wielded- the, miner's 'p-idki ■ Llaittierly he haid' ibe^n living ifn Auckland first in Eairmd 1! and • laittefly fePonsonby. De.ceased wiaß a typical miner, stiriaiigiht-fni-watrd, plucky, ■ amd. hionouraible, ftndi the qniaiKtties which: induced Hjunt to say to his "paTtlnier- 'I fcnowa lattle feiltlhw;.named CoMey ,'j ;tiafce him m ->wd,t;h us', gladmed. him;.many friends dnnnjS'Ms lon«r artwl aidventtimus life. Of the. lucky four.pa>rtiner& in the Shfttoivtir Cl'aJm 1 .tihere mw -reniiadns ■but. one, Mr^orrpe. Ckrkson, whios© s>k-k. ik«t,, -rfa^^J^'^fen^s: P955 of quartz whafeh^ led finding of Jtfee Sh^tover.. He;is? still,hafe and henrty, and>iii^es' ait; Ardi. HiiUy AudkI'and. ..■■ ■:•' ; ■:. •''!:■ '■'■ '
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