|Location:||54 Kenny St, Waihi|
All year Mon-Fri 10-16, Sat, Sun, Hol 13:30-16.
Adults NZD 5, Children (5-15) NZD 2, Children (0-4) free, Family (2+*) NZD 12.
Groups (15+): Adults NZD , Children (3-18) NZD .
|Address:||Waihi Gold Mining Museum & Art Gallery, 54 Kenny St, Waihi, Tel: 07863-8386, Fax: 07863-8426. E-mail:|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2015/08/30 21:57:47 $|
|1878||gold discovered by the prospectors John McCombie and Robert Lee.|
|1879||William Nicholl pegged out five acres, named the claim Martha after a family member.|
|1882||first battery in operation.|
|1912||violent miners' strike.|
|1952||Martha Mine closed.|
|1980s||new open pit mine started.|
|2001||house adjacent to Martha Pit collapsed into historical workings.|
The Waihi Gold Mining Museum & Art Gallery located in the center of the small town offers a detailed exhibition about the local gold mining, both underground and open pit. There are displays of photographs, documents, mining tools, models of mine works and even a replica mine showing underground miners at work. There is a working model of the Cornish Pumphouse, Waihi's best known landmark. It shows how the pump was used to dewater the underground workings.
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