Who was the first to discover gold in Otago? UPdated

If you’d asked me who was the first to discover gold in Otago I’d have said Gabriel Read whose name lives on in Gabriels Gully near Lawrence.

But I’d have been wrong.

The first workable goldfield was discovered by an Indian prospector, Edward Peters, three years before Read made his find.

I discovered this in this morning’s ODT because Governor General Hon Sir Anand Satyanand unveiled a plaque   in honour of Peters yesterday.

UPDATE: Didn’t Winston Peters reckon Maori orginiated from China? Maybe he also had Indian ancestors?

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