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Project 2015-09-11 16:15:11 +1200
Yes, we’re Dreamers but work really hard at it! We’re non-profit - Hauraki Prospectors Association - and that’s the irony. We’re hoping to make millions from gold – one day! You can be part of the dream.
Our group is a dedicated group of amateur prospectors and tradespeople, many with unique professional skills that have enabled us to restore the Golden Crown Battery and historic relics from old Coromandel gold mines. For many members, this project is their main interest, passion and hobby. Over the past 30 years, by their efforts, the site has grown from one building to seven, with an increase at the same time of displays and visitor numbers including school visits. We have had more than 500 children from schools, church and other youth groups already this year. See our website http://www.goldmine-experience.co.nz/edu-history.html
Part of our educational purpose is to help Thames students into the tertiary study of geology, engineering, history, biology and environmental science. Each Christmas holiday period we employ high school and university students as tour guides and over the past decade such students, who have worked their vacations telling the story of their unique local history to visitors, have gone on to become, for example, well-paid mine workers, engineers and geologists in Australia and New Zealand. Also, one has become a history teacher, another an environmental scientist, another an explosives expert and yet another an archaeologist.
The various pieces of old processing equipment including a stamper battery are a key educational aspect, especially for school children but our previous five-stamp stamper broke down nearly two years ago. We will use any funding for the reconstruction of operating plant that we can turn on briefly when tourists and school groups arrive. The small income we derive from tourism and school visits helps fund our day-to-day running expenses, but is not enough to rebuild a working C19th processing plant, thus this application.
Help raise the initial $5000 needed and you can come to Thames and share the dream, hear our stories about lost nuggets and gold reefs (all true, or slightly exaggerated), explore old tunnels, see C19th processing machinery going and pan for real gold.