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Thomas Gabriel Read

Thomas Gabriel Read

Gold prospector and farmer
Thomas Gabriel Read
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Quick Facts

Intro Gold prospector and farmer
Was Farmer Miner Explorer
From Australia New Zealand
Type Engineering
Gender male
Birth 21 August 1825, Tasmania, Australia
Death 31 October 1894, Royal Derwent Hospital, Australia (aged 69 years)
Star sign Leo
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

(Thomas) Gabriel Read (21 August 1825 – 31 October 1894) was a gold prospector and later a farmer. His discovery of gold in Gabriel's Gully triggered New Zealand's first major the gold rush.

Life

Read was born in 1825 in Tasmania, Australia.

After working on the goldfields of California and Victoria, Australia, Read travelled to Otago, New Zealand, having heard rumours of gold being found in Mataura, Southland. On 25 May 1861 he discovered gold close to the banks of the Tuapeka River in Otago, at Gabriel's Gully, which is named after him. This discovery led to the Otago Gold Rush.

In 1864, he returned to Tasmania. In 1869, he married his cousin, Amelia Mitchell (née Wilson); they remained childless. Read was submitted to the New Norfolk Hospital for the Insane in Hobart in April 1887, suffering from bipolar disorder. He remained at that hospital until his death on 31 October 1894.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 22 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1r3
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/turning-treasures-biography
http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/R/ReadGabriel/ReadGabriel/en
https://web.archive.org/web/20170627053607/http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/dunedin-history/gold-rush
https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/1376
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2011058683
https://viaf.org/viaf/170245693
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-no2011058683
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