Photograph [original water wheel, Mataura Paper Mill]; unknown photographer; 188...
Photograph [original water wheel, Mataura Paper Mill]About this object
Black and white photograph dated 1889 of the original water wheel at Mataura Paper Mill.
The water wheel was positioned at the end of a 300 foot long race blasted out of the Mataura Falls. It was 15 feet in diameter, 12 feet wide and generated 50 horsepower which was capable of driving all the machinery required to produce ten tonnes of paper per week. For a full account of the Mill's establishment have a look at this article that first appeared in the Clutha Leader in 1876.
1889Inscription and Marks
Handwritten in ink on reverse:'Paper Mill Original Water Wheel 1889/Clair Martin/nee Coster'Technique
h 130mm x w 155mm
photograph, black and whiteObject Type
processed material, paperCredit Line
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society IncorporatedObject number