Location 159
Location #159. Chair - Kawarau River.
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Kawarau River



Location #159. Chair - Kawarau River. Approx 1.2 km downstream of the Bannockburn Creek, approx 100m upstream from the portal of Wilson's underground coal mine (location #160) and about 30m above the mine.

Still Standing


Construction Details

A wire rope stretched across the Kawarau River from an anchor block set high in the Cairnmuir cliff above Wilsons coal mine, to a support structure on the Cromwell Flats area. A large iron framed cage with a flat wooden deck was suspended on pulleys running along the wire rope. The cage was loaded with sacks of coal which were winched up to the loading platform from the mine portal on mine trucks. once loaded, the cage was winched across the river to a wagon loading platform.

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Interested Parties

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Group Date Description
1 c1890 - c1900 Thomas Wilson & Son Details
2 c1900 - 1909 Cromwell & Bannockburn Colliery Company Details


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Note Date Short Description Note Text
2203 c1890 Construction of the chair. It appears that the chair may have been constructed around this time to transport coal to Cromwell.
2204 1898 Thomas Wilson drowned when he fell from the chair. In January, Thomas Wilson's son, Thomas William Wilson was drowned when he fell from the chair.
2205 c1903 Photo 154 shows Wilson Coal Mine portal with the chair in the background. Photo 154 shows Wilson Coal Mine portal with the chair in the background.


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Image Id Source Date Short Description
154 Heart of the Desert - J P Parcell c1903 Wilson's Coal Mine - Kawarau River View Image