Sunday, September 18, 2016
The Waihi Mine and Cornish Pumphouse
On our travels between Whitianga and home last weekend we stopped in at Waihi, a historical mining town in the Hauraki district. According to some internet googling I've done the Cornish Pumphouse was once next to the Martha Mine to fit in with a big steam engine designed to pump water out of the mine. The pumphouse was used until 1929 but from the 1930s was stripped of all it's machinery and left uncared for but in 1983 it was registered with the NZ historic places trust. In 2001 it was moved to a safer site 300 metres away and made more secure.
The mine however from the 1880s until the 1950s was originally underground and became very important for finding gold and silver but since 1987 it has operated as an open pit. From reading news stories over the years it appears that due to the mining various properties around the district have collapsed into the ground from sinkholes so some of the ground is quite unstable, nevertheless it is one of New Zealand's prime historical regions.