Striking it Rich
WG knew what that could mean. The Otago gold rush was already under way. The law required grazing to make way for mining if a workable prospect had been found.
He struck a deal with his employees: keep quiet about the gold until the shearing was finished, and there would be food and time to work the prospect. The deal held till the wool was packed â€“ but barely.
His shearers, Thomas Arthur and Harry Redfern, were next to strike it rich â€“ at the Shotover River.
The news was quickly out. Within weeks, thousands of gold-hungry, food-hungry miners poured onto the Rees runs.