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A Romance of Lake Wakatipu

Note 4.—The Lakes Trade by Southland

Note 4.—The Lakes Trade by Southland.

In his address to the Provincial Council, dated 21st February, 1863, the Hon. Dr. Menzies, Superintendent, remarks: "Since the date of last meeting a very rich goldfield has been opened out near the borders of this province, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The facilities of access to the lake from the Southland ports, as compared with that from any port elsewhere, gave the control of the trade with the population, which rapidly increased on the field, to the merchants of this place—the supplies having for the most part and for some time almost exclusively, been sent from this province. Many of the miners there have gone from Southland, and a number of gold-buyers from thence also."