Because of the ever increasing value of gold, New Zealanders are now staking out new gold claims on land once thought to be completely cleared of the precious metal.
SKIPPERS CANYON & SLUICE OPERATION
C.U. GOLD ARROWTOWN & TOURISTS WATCHING GOLD PANNING
BADCOCK PAINTING BADCOCK PAINTING
BADCOCK V/O SCENES OF QUEENSTOWNS & AREA
MORE OF SLUICE MINING and RAINBOW
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Background: Because of the ever increasing value of gold, New Zealanders are now staking out new gold claims on land once thought to be completely cleared of the precious metal.
In New Zealand's once famed gold country around Queenstown in the South Island, rugged skippers Canyon was a lodestone for the early gold miners. Even today, there are some who are still at it. Joe Scheib is said to be the last sluice gold miner in New Zealand.
He doesn't sluice out too much...but enough to make it worthwhile.
Arrowtown, a few miles north of Queenstown, may not produce much gold now...but enough to make it a big attraction for tourists who bring in a different kind of gold.
To such artists as Douglas Badcock, one of New Zealand's most outstanding painters, the area produces something far more precious to him than gold--its history and scenic beauty--which he has captured on canvas.
"I don't do any studio painting, or relatively title. The majority of the painting I like I do on location, simply because of the atmosphere and the clarity of the light and the quality of the calor. I think they're unique and I like to capture the authentic against of the district. Because of its historic character and the general beauty of ??? district, the magnificent mountain forms ??? everything all around with snow. Its character is the main thing. I think it's really the history in the sense of people living ??? a hundred years or more. The landscape ??? in the world.
"They're doing a general restoration program on most of the old buildings around here. Unfortunately, some of them are derelict and the longer able to be restored. Although most of the cottages here were built in the early days of Australian miners and miners ??? came from all over the place in the Gold ??? Days.
Meanwhile, back in Skipper's Canyon, the old prospector still works at his sluice mine. Who knows...he may still find that big pot at the end of the rainbow in the country that once produced millions in gold.