There are also videos on 'youtube' that demonstrate and explain some of the mining equipment used by early miners. Below are some wonderful examples from Kae and Evan:
Five Head Quartz Battery
How to use a gold pan
Pelton Wheel Operation
Water sluicing used in gold mining
There is also a copy of a talk given by Kae on "Thames Goldfields Now and Then."
This is well worth a look, as it takes you on a walk to the mines in the hills behind Thames, you have the chance to hear what it would have been like for the miners and their families who lived in places like Punga Flat, Moanataiari Creek and up the Karaka.
|Moanataiari Valley Batteries, mines, shops and residences|
Source: Alexander Turnbull Library Collection PAColl-7395-1