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First salt harvest, April 1949

First salt harvest, April 1949

Workers examine the first salt of any quantity to be harvested in New Zealand. In 1949 the crystallisation ponds were still being constructed, and this salt had formed on the bed of the final concentration pond. About 45 tonnes was harvested by hand and washed in a concrete mixer. It gave great encouragement to the venture.

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Carl Walrond, 'Salt - Early industry at Lake Grassmere', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006