Location 406
Location #406 - Waterwheel and Californian Pump
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Cornish Point


Location #406 - Waterwheel and Californian Pump River terrace, Kawarau River, northern side of Cornish Point, approx 800m upstream of Cromwell.

Still Standing


This area is now under Lake Dunstan

Construction Details

Timber and iron

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Interested Parties

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Group Date Description
1 1863 William Anderson & party. Details


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Note Date Short Description Note Text
3353 1863 Location of the water wheel. On the Kawarau River terrace and beach on the northern side of Cornish Point, at a place called Duffers Beach which was about 800m upstream from the town of Cromwell.
3354 1863 Construction notes. The author has been unable to find any details other than that it was a water wheel driving a Californian pump, mentioned in the papers of the mining surveyor Mr J.J.Coates published in 1865. See also locations #388 and #389.
3355 1863 General notes. In July of 1863 Dr. James Corse, Horn and party were mining at Quartz Reef point above Cromwell on the Clutha River. They were using a 12 ft (3.6m) overshot water wheel driving a Californian pump to keep their claim free of water. This machine was built by a Cromwell carpenter, Mr William Grant, and was known as the 'Pride of the Clutha'. The Anderson & party machine may have been similar to the 'Pride of the Clutha'.


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