Story: Mining and underground resources

Copper smelter, Kawau Island (2nd of 2)

Copper smelter, Kawau Island

A thin copper lode was discovered on Kawau Island in 1842, and a mine was opened in 1846. Over the next two decades, about 2,500 tonnes of ore was mined and smelted for copper. At the water’s edge are the 20-metre chimney and ruins of the smelter building close to the mine.

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Simon Nathan, 'Mining and underground resources - Metals known but not mined', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9242/copper-smelter-kawau-island (accessed 18 November 2018)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006