Union Battery 1905

Looking down the Ohinemuri River from just below the dam. Right foreground shows the large metal pipe taking water from the dam to the turbine at the battery. Notice again the trestled extension for the tramway, to allow a small rake of trucks to pass the opening of the ore hopper. Also visible again is the control lever for the flume over flow.

Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 13 JULY 1905 p004 .Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19050713-4-2

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Union Battery 1905
HH Adams

From Observer, 26 December 1903, p. 13.

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HH Adams
Interior Waihi Union Battery c.1902

This hand coloured post card shows the interior of the battery. It appears the battery is under construction, the amalgamated plates, seen here in front of the stamper mortars, were later moved to their own room. That might make the date circa 1902. WACMA. The same image was reproduced (black and white) in the NZ Graphic, 05 October 1907.

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Interior Waihi Union Battery c.1902
Silverton Battery 1892 detail

Detail. The large turbine pipe can just be made out near the left hand end of the large wooden flume. The much smaller flume in background may have been the terminus of a Mangatoetoe water race.

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Silverton Battery 1892 detail
Silverton Battery 1898

The upgraded battery was opened on 4 April 1896, so the building shown here may be two years old. The taller section would house the 40 stampers. Note the brick chimney of the smelthouse. The Ohinemuri River is between the foreground vegetation and the building.

The high wooden flume is bringing water from the Waimata Stream, dropping it down a large diameter pipe to the turbine at river level. The large turbine pipe can just be made out near the left hand end of the large wooden flume. The much smaller flume in background may have been the terminus of a Mangatoetoe water race.

The Mangatoetoe stream channel, coming in from the left, has been dammed with a wooden structure, and appears to be holding tailings (saved for future processing).

Courtesy M. Roycroft.

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Silverton Battery 1898
Silverton Locomotive 1895-1902

Note the full ore cart in front of the loco, and another beside it, presumably on a siding. The man in front of the smoke stack is telling us he is a carpenter, holding a saw and what looks like a wood plane.

Waihi Arts Centre and Museum Association, Hinton album.

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Silverton Locomotive 1895-1902
Union battery stampers 1903-11

Union battery stampers 1903-11

The cam shafts and bull wheels stretch across the middle of the image. Six mortar boxes are visible below.

FL16664154 ATL Ref: PAColl-7293-02

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Union battery stampers 1903-11
Sketches of Mining Celebrities

Sketches of Mining Celebrities at the Opening of the Waihi-Silverton Battery.

NZ Observer, Saturday April 11 1896

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Sketches of Mining Celebrities
Union-Battery-and-flume

Looking southwest from Union Hill, the Waimata water race flume is prominent, the battery at the right. Tauranga Bridge at bottom left. Note the white tailings deposited on the river banks, from the Waihi Battery a little upstream. A detail from the Union Hill Panorama 1909-10. HP Barry.

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Union-Battery-and-flume
Union Battery Ohinemuri River

Union Battery Insurance map dated May 1908. Although this map is unlabelled and not dated, it matches a similar one of the Waihi Battery with this date.

This map is uncropped, and is the only plan/map located.

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Union Battery Ohinemuri River
Union battery from bed of Ohinemuri

Hand coloured postcard looking over the dam downstream to the Union Battery. Stone in foreground is still identifiable today. Undated. (c. 1904-11)

Union battery from bed of Ohinemuri
Waihi Silverton GM shaft 1897

The building housed a wood fired boiler, winding engine, and pumping engine. There are 13 men and two dogs pictured here. Behind the men are squared mine props ready to be taken below. Behind the poppet legs is a mullock tip from the Gladstone shaft, and at the very right of the photograph can be seen (just) the Union No. 2 Shaft poppet. WACMA.

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Waihi Silverton GM shaft 1897
Union Battery 1904-11

The Ohinemuri River is visible; we are looking upstream. Steam is venting behind the water race flume. Notice the lever silhouetted above the flume; this controlled release of water from the flume when it was not needed. Left of photo shows the large tanks, and above them a tailings flume from elevator wheels. Some tailings were conserved (saved). The press shop has not yet been extended as in the previous photographs. Three men are placed for scale, and are watching the photographer (their boss).

HP Barry photo. DoC.

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Union Battery 1904-11
Union Battery

Looking in the opposite direction to the image above. Vanner room in foreground, tanks to right. Waimata flume in background. The roof of the original Silverton building now has an upstanding portion to accommodate elevator wheels.

HP Barry album WACMA.

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Union Battery