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Kawarau Falls Dam, 1925

Kawarau Falls Dam, 1925

A dam that also served as a bridge was built in 1925–26 where the Kawarau River drains Lake Wakatipu. The dam had gates which could be closed. The theory was that once the water supply was shut off the river bed downstream would be exposed for mining. It didn’t work, however – other rivers enter the Kawarau downstream, so the water level only fell slightly.

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Methods of mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006