Gabriel Read

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For the New Zealand actor, see Gabriel Reid.

(Thomas) Gabriel Read (c.1824 – 1894) was a Tasmanian gold prospector born between 1824 and 1826.[1]After working on the goldfields of California and Victoria, Australia, Read travelled to New Zealand, having heard rumours of gold being found in Mataura, Southland. On 20 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 Central Otago goldrush. He died in Hobart, Tasmania.

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