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Bella Street Pumphouse


Cnr Waiokaraka Road and Bella St, Thames


07 868 8696

It has been nearly one hundred years since the pumphouse engines last operated, but history lives on through working scale models, the original massive counter balanced pumping quadrants still in place over the main mineshaft, the recreated five metre diameter flywheels and the recently unearthed fourteen tonne crankshaft. The comprehensive photographic displays and the very informative narrative delivered by museum volunteers will help take you back through all those years.

You will be in awe of the engineering involved, the boilers to generate the steam for the engine, the mechanics of the pumps, the volume of water they were able to lift from such an extraordinary depth, the built-in extra capacity that was never required, all presented in a personal and knowledgeable way by our volunteers.

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