Photograph [Gold Mining, Waimumu Stream, 1 of 2]; unknown photographer; 1930; MT...


Mataura Museum


Photograph [Gold Mining, Waimumu Stream, 1 of 2]

About this object

A scan of a black and white photograph taken in 1930 of a small gold mining operation on the Waimumu Stream.

The photograph was likely taken by Albert Robson who grew up on a farm called Bolton Hill near Staindrop in County Durham, England. He steamed to NZ in 1926/1927 on the T.S.S. Tamaroa and secured a job as a teamster on W.T Wright's farm at Te Tipua called Arola Downs. Albert worked there from 1927 to 1933 before returning to England.

Albert kept a body of photos recording his time in New Zealand especially from his time in Southland and his niece Joan Smedley kindly gifted us a digital copy of this image.

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura


unknown photographer

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photograph, black and white

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Medium and Materials

digital copy

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on back:
'1930 Waimumu New Zealand. Washing for gold. The powerhouse is in centre with a 70 horsepower electric motor to pump forced water into a narrow box race for gold dust'.




We don't hold the original.

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From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

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