Chronology of Events relating to the Bella Street Pumphouse
Chronology of Events
The government decided that a subsidy not exceeding $50,000.00 be granted towards the erection of machinery to exploit the Thames low levels.
Thames-Hauraki Goldfields Co. Ltd. floated in London. Capital $600,000.00 of which shares totalling $360,000.00 issued to the public. Float was oversubscribed.
Contractors commenced to strip, enlarge and re-timber the Queen of Beauty shaft.
Sandycroft Foundry & Engineering Works UK dispatched first shipment of machinery
Machinery arrived in Auckland per SS Pakeha, SS Indrohiri, and SS Tokomaru.
Construction of the chimney stack commenced.
Messes Price Bros. completed assembly of the tenth and final boiler.
38 tons of machinery arrived.
A trial run of the machinery was made. Only 3 boilers used. No water pumped.
Premier Rt. Hon R J Seddon and others visited. The plant was set in motion.
1898 Dec 19
Hon. A J Cadman, Minister of Mines, officially opened the pumphouse.
Thames-Hauraki Company taken over by the Standard Exploration Co.
Connection made with a crosscut from Queen of Beauty shaft 244m below the surface to May Queen shaft to improve ventilation in both workings.
Government subsidy to the May Queen Quartz-mining Co. To assist in deepening the Queen of Beauty shaft to 310m.
May Queen Goldmining Co. Drove towards their ground at 305m level of the Queen of Beauty Shaft.
Thames Deep Level Crosscut commenced at 305m level of Queen of Beauty shaft.
The Inspector of Mines ordered that the pumps cease operating due to the continued influx of gas from the Thames Deep Level Crosscut. An official of the Mines Department then took over control of the plant.
Auction of plant and machinery ordered by the Mines Department.