Moonlight, George Fairweather, 1832-1884

Goldminer, hotel publican and store-keeper. Born in Scotland in 1832, son of James Moonlight and his wife, Jane Lindsay. Sailed to America in 1848 and was on the Californian goldfields at age 16. He then moved on to Australia, prospecting on the Bendigo and Ballarat goldfields with some success, purchasing a ship to trade with Java. He arrived in Otago in 1861, with his cousin Tom Moonlight, and then moved on to the Nelson and West Coast goldfields. Moonlight explored much of the West Coast interior making numerous discoveries. He married Elizabeth Gaukrodger in 1863; they had two children Totty and Jack. He was publican of the White Hart Hotel, Richmond, Nelson, ca 1863-1868; followed by store-keeping ventures in the Maruia Valley, Murchison and Glenroy, where his wife died of typhoid in 1882. Died of exposure while on an expedition in 1884. (The Press, 30 Jun 1987). See DNZB (1990, Vol 1, 1769-1869, p295-296)

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Date: 1952 From: Reed, Alexander Wyclif, 1908-1979 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0199-05 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s). Finding Aids: Inventory available.
Date: 1879-1965 By: Moonlight, George Fairweather, 1832-1884 Ref: MS-Papers-1321 Description: Newspaper clippings and other miscellaneous material relating to the gold prospector and explorer, G F Moonlight, his family and the centennial of the townsh...
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Date: [ca 1865] Ref: PA10-052 Description: Formal full length studio portrait of George Fairweather Moonlight, taken ca 1865 by an unidentified photographer Source of title - Title supplied by Librar...
Date: 1962, 1968-1981, 2012 From: Garland, Phil, 1942-2017: Papers and recordings Ref: MS-Papers-11839-030 Description: Contains songs (including some scores), verse, toasts, and stories relating to the Nelson, Marlborough, and West Coast regions; together with correspondence ...
Date: [1965] From: Garland, Phil, 1942-2017: Papers and recordings Ref: MSC-023891 Description: Probably copy of 1965 radio documentary `A man called Moonlight', concerning the life of gold prospector George Fairweather Moonlight Quantity: 1 C90 casset...
Date: [ca 1880-1946] By: Murchison Historical Society Ref: MS-Papers-10036 Description: Includes `My early life in Murchison' by George McNee, being part of an unfinished autobiography written in 1946; career of George Fairweather Moonlight, and...
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