Story: Gold and gold mining

Stamper battery

This film footage of a stamper battery shows how the set of heavy stampers are lifted and dropped by the action of the drive wheel (driven by a belt from a flywheel in this example). Most batteries were water or steam powered, and the stampers crushed the quartz as they fell. The din of the stampers was constant in hard-rock mining towns.

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Coromandel Peninsula', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006