Gold in the River
by F. W. G. Miller
Illustrations by John Husband
A. H. & A. W. Reed,1969, [Revised], black and white illustrations in text, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription blacked out on front endpaper, dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing, bumping, chipping, creasing and small tears (see photographs)
“F. W. G. (Fred) Miller had a steady job as a senior reporter on The Press in Christchurch in 1930, when the Depression first hit the country. Suddenly, along with so many others, he found himself out in the streets, jobless.
After a spell at ditch-digging in the Dunedin City Reserve he took the advice of a friend and decided to try his hand at gold prospecting in Central Otago.
For five years he lived in or near the Clutha Gorge, for much of the time in the stone cave dwelling depicted on the back of this jacket, sluicing just enough gold to keep his family fed and clothed. Then he staked a claim some distance from the river, and there met with considerable success until daily journalism, improving times, recalled him to the city…”