This engraving from about 1852 shows men working the first find of gold in New Zealand. The diggers in the foreground are working a cradle – one man shovels gravel into it, while the other two tip in buckets of water and rock the cradle. The sluice box in the background has a constant supply of water entering along the wooden fluming, and all the men have to do is to shovel the gold-bearing gravel into the box.
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