This drawing shows gold diggers bargaining with a pedlar while others drink at a grog shop in the background. Such shops sprang up quickly in rural and mining areas of colonial New Zealand. They provided a centre of warmth and company for men travelling rough and they were often the first place miners or back-country workers would go once they had some cash in their pockets.
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