Friends of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum

A world class industrial heritage site

A Busy Day

Today, Sunday October 25, saw two busloads of special visitors. These were train enthusiasts who were on a South Island Odyssey by steam-train. Their engine is the recently-restored Ab608, (“Passchendaele”) built at Addington in 1915. Naturally most of these visitors were knowledgeable and very complimentary about our Museum.  Pity these steam excursions don’t come around more often.

Come and talk about The Energy Plan 1.0! @the Fitting Shop

Come along and talk ENERGY 
Fitting Shop
Dunedin Gasworks Museum
20 Braemar St
South Dunedin
NEXT Tuesday 27th October 2015 | 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Dunedin Gasworks Museum | 20 Braemar Street




You are invited to talk about The Energy Plan 1.0!
Come along and ask Dunedin City Council staff questions about the Energy Plan and the submission process.

Tuesday 27th October 2015 | 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Dunedin Gasworks Museum | 20 Braemar Street

Light refreshments available

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Forty Years On…?

Well maybe not quite, more like 15 or 20, but after much work by Stan Read, and a few finishing touches by Tom, the Weir’s pumps are running again. These are steam-driven pumps, originally for supplying make-up water to the big boiler. Yesterday a bus-load of travellers from Ettrick and Roxburgh arrived, and were the first to see them in action. Of course they are ‘in demo mode’, but the pressure of the outflow is still quite impressive.

I tried unsuccessfully to include a movie clip, but see two posts back for Tom working on them.


New Tools galore

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Thanks to Gregg’s for some equipment (that was surplus to their requirements), the Gas Works Museum has acquired several pieces of useful workshop machinery, and a collection of spanners that were otherwise going in the skip. Shown above at the left is a new (3-phase) power hacksaw, a sheet-metal guillotine, and a brake. The 3-phase outlet was kindly installed by Glynn.

Not shown are a couple of sheet rollers, still in the Anderson room. The middle picture shows the spanners – some from Gregg’s, and some thanks to Bob Bradshaw, while the right-hand photo is a new 30-piece combination spanner set, bought by Tom with approval. Not shown is a new comprehensive screwdriver set, also selected by Tom. So the workshop now has a really good lot of new gear. All it needs now is nice new MIG welder! (Committee please note!) Oh, by the way, a lathe would be good too!

Pump progress

Tom has been continuing Stan’s work on the Weir pumps, and it is hoped to have them operational in the near future. Stan was offered the opportunity of turning them on for the first time, but said that just to see them back in action would be sufficient.


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Dunedin leads the way!

Thanks to Craig Bush for the following interesting story about gas-lighting in Wellington. Note that “Wellington saw the light” in 1867, four years AFTER Dunedin!




Working Bee

Several volunteers were quite busy today (Tuesday 4/8/15) because Greggs Ltd had kindly offered the GWM some useful workshop equipment which was surplus to their requirements. This included a power hacksaw, sheet-metal benders, a metal guillotine and a couple of metal rollers. All of these will find a home in our workshop. The weather was a bit unkind, but with the help of Bob Hoskins’ trailer, and Tom’s skill on the forklift, not to mention John’s photography, we got the job done.


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Ode to Joy?

Today the Gas Works Museum took delivery of a calliope. This is an air-operated pipe organ, based on the steam organs of the late 19th century. It was made by a John Beauchamp of Christchurch, and kindly transported down to Dunedin by my friend Neil Stevenson, and then from my house to the museum by Bob Bradshaw.  At present, is working in a fashion, but there is some learning involved in understanding the electronics, so that it will play itself. Whether it could be operated by steam is another question. Meantime anyone interested, or more importantly anyone with any knowledge of such things, can come and have a look at the museum on Sundays or Tuesdays.