Photograph [Gold Mining, Waimumu Stream, 1 of 2]; unknown photographer; 1930; MT...
Photograph [Gold Mining, Waimumu Stream, 1 of 2]About this object
A scan of a black and white photograph taken in 1930 of a small gold mining operation on the Waimumu Stream.
The photograph was likely taken by Albert Robson who grew up on a farm called Bolton Hill near Staindrop in County Durham, England. He steamed to NZ in 1926/1927 on the T.S.S. Tamaroa and secured a job as a teamster on W.T Wright's farm at Te Tipua called Arola Downs. Albert worked there from 1927 to 1933 before returning to England.
Albert kept a body of photos recording his time in New Zealand especially from his time in Southland and his niece Joan Smedley kindly gifted us a digital copy of this image.
photograph, black and whiteDate Made
1930Medium and Materials
digital copyInscription and Marks
Handwritten on back:
'1930 Waimumu New Zealand. Washing for gold. The powerhouse is in centre with a 70 horsepower electric motor to pump forced water into a narrow box race for gold dust'.
We don't hold the original.
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object Type