Location 185
Location #185. Lady Ranfurly Coal Mine.
Map 6



Slaughteryard Hill


Location #185. Lady Ranfurly Coal Mine. Eastern slope of Slaughteryard Hill.

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Some underground workings may still exist, however the actual site of the entrance has been destroyed.

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Group Date Description
1 1909 - 1917 John Hodson (1) Details
2 1913 - 1917 W J S Hodson & G Crabbe Details
3 1917 The Bannockburn Coal Company Details


The table below shows any historical notes about the location.

Note Date Short Description Note Text
2285 1909/1910 Mine location. The mine was located on the eastern side of Slaughteryard Hill, above the lower Bannockburn Creek, left bank. This area has now been extensively modified by earthworks related to the lakeshore work for Lake Dunstan. The exact location has now been lost, but is thought to be approx 400m from the Kawarau River.
2286 1909/1910 John Hodson opened the 'Lady Ranfurly' mine. Around 1909, John Hodson (1) had abandoned the old 'Excelsior' mine (location #179) and he opened up a new mine that he called the 'Lady Ranfurly' (location #185). It appears that this new mine was connected underground to the original 'Excelsior' mine. It is part of the Cairnmuir coal seam.
2287 1913 The Lady Ranfurly mine sold to Mess'rs Hodson and Crabbe. In June of 1913 it appears that John Hodson sold the mine to William James Smith Hodson and George Crabbe. ( J P Parcell's 'Heart of the Desert' records that in June, Mess'rs W J S Hodson and G Crabbe were working the mine )
2288 1917 Amalgamation of the mine with other local mines. In June of 1917 the owners of the three working coal mines in the area decided to amalgamate and form the Bannockburn Coal Company. As a result, some of the mines were closed. The Cairnmuir Coal Company's mine "The Excelsior No 2' (location #194) and the Cairnmuir Mine (location #191) would be closed down. The Lady Ranfurly mine would also be closed. The Shepherds Creek 'Kawarau' mine (location #249) of the William Richard Parcell syndicate would be the only mine to be worked.
2289 1917 Coal tonnage from the Lady Ranfurly. During it's working life the Lady Ranfurly mine had produced approx 9,147 tonnes of coal.


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