Mokihinui River and Seddonville rail line

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Mokihinui River and Seddonville rail line.

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Mokihinui River and Seddonville rail line, in 1867, Mokihinui, miners had built flat bottomed boats from which to explore the river, gold prospectors discovered quartz reefs, and in 1873, one of those reefs was discovered in Seddonville, the Halycon Battery was set up and was the first to carry out crushing, but aside from the "Red Queen Battery" the consequences were disappointingthe local people affectionately named the alluvial water-worn gold nuggets as Mokihinui spuds and they were dug out of rocky fissures and crevices with an implement no more sophisticated than a knife, they were also found under boulders in mountain streams (extract from A History of the Buller District, by local girl Carolyn HAWES)

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