Location 503
Location #503 - Coal Mine - Cooper
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Kawarau River


Location #503 - Coal Mine - Cooper Northern bank of the Kawarau River, approx 3.2 km above Cromwell.

Still Standing


All workings are now under Lake Dunstan

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Group Date Description
1 1886 James Cooper Details
2 1930 - 1940 W J S Hodson & V G Holloway Details


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Note Date Short Description Note Text
3567 1886 General notes. In January 1886, James Cooper took up a coal lease on the northern bank of the Kawarau River, about 2 miles (3.2km) upstream of Cromwell. The area had an upper layer of a coal seam exposed in the river bank. The seam was 6 foot thick and contained fair quality lignite. James Cooper opened up a mine (location #503) on this seam. It is not known how long this mine was worked.
3568 1930 General notes. In 1930 W J S Hodson opened up a mine on the site of James Coopers mine (#503). No details of the working of this mine have been located by the author at this time. It appears that the mine was abandoned around 1940.


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