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Even by the standards of gold rush towns, Brighton's rise and decline were rapid. In late 1866 its beachfront site had businesses catering for 5000 gold seekers, including more than 50 hotels; less than three years later most buildings stood empty or were torn down for mining timber by the few who remained.

Today it is a scenic stop near the mouth of Fox River along the Greymouth-Westport coastal highway, with barely a trace of its vibrant history.  This book draws on a breadth of sources to bring back memories of the town, its goldfield and the range of characters who celebrated their successes, fled their failures or simply stayed on to enjoy subsistence lifestyles in a magnificent environment.


Price: $25.00

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