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Digger - miners vs soldiers vs kauri fossil gum diggers

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26 September 2012


The origins of 'digger' (for a soldier, although not an officer) were in dispute even during the First World War. It could be Kiwi, from the shortened form of Gumdigger, 'one whose occupation is retrieving and selling kauri fossil gum' although a mining origin is most often given.