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DOC's Historic Reserve - Gold Stamper Battery Open Day

DOC's Historic Reserve - Gold Stamper Battery Open Day

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  • Sat 7 Dec ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm


Golden Point Historic Reserve, Golden Point Rd, Macraes Flat, Palmerston


All Ages



Come help celebrate the Department of Conservation's 109 year machinery milestone. A public open day to be held at Golden Point Historic Reserve, Macraes Flats, Otago.

Following 16 months of painstaking and dedicated restoration by The Department of Conservation (DOC) staff, a 109 year old Tangye type AA diesel powered engine sited at the gold stamper battery Golden Point Macraes (Ōtī) Flats, Otago is set to fire up once again and to show off all its glory to all.

The Department of Conservation (DOC South and Eastern South Island) are keen to celebrate and show off New Zealand’s only complete gold stamper battery to survive on site and still in working order.

The Golden Point five-stamper plant was built in 1902 to serve the Golden point gold mine and remained a commercial operation right up until the 1950s. Its main purpose was to extract alluvial gold by crushing, washing and screening stamped mined rock. However during the wartime years (WW1&2) it also had a secondary purpose, extracting scheelite for military armourment use. Today the battery is protected in the Department of Conservation's Golden Point Historic Reserve at Macraes flats Otago and is maintained by enthusiastic staff.

The open day will see the battery once again burst into life with the “firing up of the old girl” for all to see and marvel at a historic piece of machinery in splendid working order.

Experience New Zealand’s industrial heritage through a magical and educational experience for all ages. As well as the machinery of mining, the reserve preserves the manager's house and three “sod” cottages used by miners. The sods were cut from the ground, dried, and then used as bricks. A mud plaster protected the bricks from weathering. A number of interpretation panels guide visitors through the features of the reserve, such as the houses and the once worked open tunnels.

Join DOC in the celebrations, stay a while, bring the family/whanau, the picnic and travel back in time and take in the breath taking stunning local scenery on you drive around. Make your families 7th December open day, a memorable one.

The open day is to be held at the Golden Point Historic Reserve which lies approx 55km north of Dunedin or 50km inland from Palmerston off State Highway 85 on the road from Dunback to Hyde, 5km from the village of Macraes (Ōtī).

For further information please call:
Andrew Powazynski
Ranger Partnerships - Kaitaiaki Manutataki
(Temporary) Oamaru Partnerships Office
C/O Blue Penguin Colony | 2 Waterfront Rd, Oamaru 9400
Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai
VPN : 5786 | Mobex: 255786 | DDI: +64 3 433 1057 | M: +64 27 217 8912 | Email:apowazynski@doc.govt.nz

Conservation for prosperity Tiakina te taiao, kia pauwai.

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