Story: Gold and gold mining

Mining batteries

Mining batteries

Gold processing plants were known as batteries, as the quartz was battered into powder by massive stampers. This released the gold particles so they could be chemically recovered using cyanide. This plant was in an area known as Crushington, near Reefton, on the West Coast.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James Cowan Collection (PAColl-3033)
Reference: 1/2-054256; F

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - West Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8614/mining-batteries (accessed 18 November 2017)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006