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Finding William

William James Turner – adopted son of our patriarch James Ashmer Mullin Turner and son of his first wife Mary Roache.  I thought I had lost him. I had him when he travelled from Melbourne to Dunedin with his mother and two half siblings John and Anne, but after this, I lost both William and…

TURNER Part 4a: James Turner, Watchmaker

James Turner arrived in Hokitika with three young children in tow, only a few months after the start of the rush. James was about 31 years old. During my research, a number of letters were discovered in the archives of the West Coast Times from September 1865 that seem to bear out the following story:…

TURNER Part 4: Hokitika 1865 – 1867

When James arrived in Hokitika 1865 over it’s notorious river bar, 67 of its 246 buildings were hotels. The rush on the West Coast coincided with the decline of the Otago rush, and additional miners were attracted from Victoria, Australia where the gold rush there was also near an end. This new rush coincided with…