The rush for land was described by various terms, including earth hunger, land fever, land seeking and run-hunting. This 1861 cartoon depicts the race to obtain and settle land in the mid-19th century. At the time, large parts of Otago had been designated goldfields, but pastoralists were keen to move into these areas as most available land was already in runs.
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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Artwork by James Brown
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