History and Heritage

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Waihi and Gold

Our roots go deep. Few parts of New Zealand can offer so much history - glimpses of the hard-fought, gold-rich, pioneer lifestyle permeate the town. Step back in time, and wander through years past in today's friendly atmosphere. *GOLD FEVER* It was the lure......

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The Cornish Pumphouse

*The Cornish Pumphouse is a relic of the original mine in Waihi - the richest gold mine in New Zealand (1878-1952).* Built around 1904, from a design used in the tin mines of Cornwall, England, the structure housed steam engines and pumping machinery. The......

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The Victoria Battery

In the earliest mining days, only a small percentage of gold and silver was extracted by the old pan amalgamation process. In 1896, the Victoria Battery began its ear-splitting work. With 200 stamps, it was the largest quartz crushing plant for gold extraction in Australasia,......

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The Pye Story

From Gold to Electronics - A Brief History (source unknown) Waihi had become one of New Zealand's most famous small towns, its history established on the rich goldfields which stamped it with a very special pioneering character. But gold was a diminishing asset, and the......

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NZ Tunnelling Company

NZ Tunnelling Company - Despatches Despatches Issue #4 (375KB) - March 2010 ANZAC Day 2010... Despatches Issue #3 (310KB) - November 2009 Arras Commemoration... Despatches Issue #2 (225KB) - July 2009 Hauraki District Mayor to visit Arras in August... Despatches Issue #1 (240KB) - March 2009 Descendants......