On 07 Dec we drove to St Bathans, a gold town established in 1863. (1) The mud brick Vulcan Hotel is fab! (2) Pipes took water to the workings. (3) Blue Lake was originally 120m Kildare Hill which was mined to a 68m deep pit dubbed the ‘glory hole’. Mining ceased in 1934 when the operation was in danger of undermining the town. The pit filled with water to become Blue Lake. (4) There were many Irish among the miners, this mud brick church is St Patrick’s Catholic (1892). Central Otago, New Zealand.
To see a photo of the pit when mining was still happening, which shows the big tall hydraulic elevator, here’s the link: pit and hydraulic elevator
Text +pics 1/2 by Liz, pics 3/4 by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2022)