Story: Hydroelectricity

Electric kettle

Electric kettle

The Beal family and friends gather around their brand new electric kettle in 1901. It is not surprising that the Beals had a kettle (quite possibly the first in Rotorua). Dupair E. Beal, seated on the far right, was supervisor of Rotorua’s electrical development. In 1901 the town gained a central-government-funded hydroelectric station.

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John E. Martin, 'Hydroelectricity - Hydroelectricity development', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by John E. Martin, published 11 Mar 2010