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Three important events from the Gasworks Museum

Saturday September 20:

Join the Dunedin Gasworks Guild of Gadgeteers at the Time Travellers Ballus for an evening of dancing and general frivolity and splendidness. Captain Hansom and the Operonicon’s will be providing entertainment. Imagine you have time travelled from another time, place or dimension, and come along suitably attired, with prizes on the night. 7.30pm to 12.30am, Toitu. Tickets from mytickets.excellentevents.co.nz or call 03 477 8048.Dunedin Gadgeteers 2

Saturday September 20: 

Come one, come all, and view at your leisure the finery of the Gasworks Guild of Gadgeteers Carnivale Day. Take your photo dressed in steampunk. A Steampunk exhibition, High Tea by gold coin donation, raffles, a talk about steampunk fashion, a talk about the history of Absinthe plus tasting opportunity. Dunedin Gasworks Museum, 20 Braemar St. $5.00 per person, children under 15 free. All monies raised will go to the Gasworks Museum.

Saturday September 13 – 20th

Blacksmith Master Classes and Demonstations

To coincide with the visit of Barry Brickell to Dunedin and his exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery  HIS OWN STEAM: A BARRY BRICKELL SURVEY, the Dunedin Gasworks Museum is holding  series of Blacksmithing Demonstrations and Master classes that are open to the public. These are being held  in the recently restored Fitting Shop Forge.

These classes are being run by Nate Savill who has worked at Barry Brickell’s Driving Creek Railway on commissions for the Barry Brickell Gallery.

Blacksmithing Master Class: Cost $150.00 (includes all material and equipment)blacksmith
•    Saturday 13th September: Daytime workshop 11am-3pm
•    Tuesday 16th September: Evening workshop 5.00-9pm
•    Thursday 18th September: Evening workshop 5.00-9pm
•    Saturday 20th September: Daytime workshop 11am-3pm

Available from mytickets.excellentevents.co.nz or call 03 477 8048

Nate Savill and Peter Mason  working in the the Fitting Shop Forge
•    Sunday 14th September 12 – 3pm
•    Sunday 21st September 12 – 3pm

Thank-you Fairfield Transport.

Tom has just been informed Fairfield Transport have donated the standard fee for the carrying to, and unloading of the Speights boiler at the museum. This is a very generous offer, as the hire rate for 2.5 hours use of the truck, the crane, and the driver, would normally amount to many hundreds of dollars.

Thank-you Fairfield transport, The Trust Board and all the volunteers here at the Museum are most appreciative of your support.

 The heavy haul/lift truck. The use of this big rig has been kindly donated by Fairfield Transport.



Beer Boiler Blows in

One option to replace our de-certificated boiler came to fruition today. Speights Brewery are upgrading their Dunedin brewery and today we had the one and only chance to take it – or leave it. We took it.
Number 4 boiler, the last and best of 4 units, was removed from the brewery boiler house, placed on a truck, delivered to and unloaded at the museum.

Tom and John attended the brewery to observe the machine’s removal and loading. (Tough job at the brewery, but someone has to do it!) While John, Mack and Keith received the machine onto our museum site.

The boiler is covered and temporarily located outside on a concrete pad, waiting to be moved inside when we get a chance.

Thanks to Tom who organised our acquiring of the machine, and the transport, but he was disappointed to be called to work and missed the receipt of the unit.

No4 boiler in situ – nos 1 -3 have already gone


On the way -up and out.

Onto the Truck (a big boys toy)

Arriving “under the chimney”


Lifting into place.


Mack and Keith make the machine cosy and “feel at home”

Getting Traction.

Owned by Toitu Early Settlers Museum, “our” traction engine is housed on site. Currently “out of certificate” the machine is scheduled for overhaul and certification. Today, Bob B and Geoff, used the converted steam roller to pull the engine out of its shed to allow Clare, from Toitu, an opportunity to photograph and record a “baseline” prior to the restoration and bringing the machine to operating condition.

Bob B and Geoff use the converted steam roller to move the traction engine



Boiler Budget – Blows?

Today Tom and John inspected a couple of low cost candidates for a replacement boiler. Unfortunately while interesting machines, for several reasons they were not suitable for our operation. This raises the “stakes” and while still early days, to get steaming again may require some significant expenditure.

Tom inspecting the possible boiler replacement



That sounds nasty!!

The fault report from last Sunday’s open day included reference to a faulty fuel oil heater, and nasty, possibly expensive, noises emitting from the boiler fuel oil pump. Luckily? our operations team include a couple of “sprightly” (their words), retired sparkies, who, today, were soon on the case. With a little effort and some ingenuity, soon Brian and John made the repairs and had the systems back up and running.
The photo today deserves explanation: Having working systems installed in an heritage building requires some compromise. First look at the pix portrays: “yuk”, but with conservation in mind, we attempt to retain the “look and feel” of the installation as it was at a set point in time. With some regret we understand a once proud work place was allowed to deteriorate as “the writing on the wall” became evident, and coal gas (town gas) production was run down to inevitable closure.

The boiler fuel pump and filter

Certainly Serious Certification.

With the Gas works museum boiler soon due for recertification, team leader Tom has spent many, some frustrating, hours checking, modifying, repairing and testing the operational and safety systems on the boiler. Finally today we concluded our test program, and await formal certification procedures later this week.

Safety safely installed

Today Tom completed installation and testing of the boiler safety valve (over-pressure relief valve), replacing the previous valve which was not up to current spec for this boiler, and required to renew the boiler operating certificate. Stan continued restoration of the old boiler feed water injection pumps, while John progressed some on-going public safety issues.

Pressure steam issueing from the safety valve exhaust

Safety valve successful accumulation test (outside view)

Tom demonstrates the safety valves (the new one is the little unit to the left)

The completed safety valve installation



Volunteers – Thank you

Today Trust Board members Kirsten and Jasmine organised, prepared the food, purchased the drinks and hosted a thank you afternoon tea for our small, but dedicated group of volunteers. Well done ladies, we appreciate your efforts. Later, after the public closing Tom and John continued operating the machines for a music video filming session. The film shoot, an indication of the on-going diversification of uses for our great venue, bides well for the museum’s future.

Filming a music video at the museum