Story: Gay men’s lives

Three miners

Three miners

In 19th-century Pākehā society there were more men than women. This was especially true in rural areas, where men often worked as agricultural labourers, tree fellers, road and railway builders, and miners. Many lived in workmen's quarters or camps, and intimate relationships between men were relatively common. These gold miners pose around a (studio) campfire in the 1880s. Their demeanour suggests they were at ease in each other's company.

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Chris Brickell, 'Gay men’s lives - History', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2021)

Story by Chris Brickell, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 May 2018