Welcome to the Bella Street Pumphouse - Thames
Bella Street Pumphouse, Historic Place Cat. 2 Reg # 724,
Situated on the corner of Waiokaraka Road and Bella Street,
212 Bella Street, Thames 3500
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.
The museum is located at the north-eastern corner of Thames, an area known as Grahamstown.
Museum open days are Saturdays and Sundays.
Museum open hours are 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. both days.
Museum admission prices are;
Adult $5.00, Child $2.00, Family $10.00.
Phone inquiries to
Malcolm 07 868 8696 or Merv 07 868 1027
REINSTATEMENT OF THE POPPET HEAD ABOVE THE PUMP AND LEVEL SHAFT