GREETINGS: My name is Michael Keith, and welcome to my site, which, as you can see, is very new, and in the early stages of its development.
THE REASON FOR THE NAME: This website bears the name nzcrownmines.wordpress.com, and by implication is directly-associated with the gold-mining company that bore the same name. There is, in fact, no direct relationship to the actual New Zealand Crown Mines Co. Ltd., (a gold mining organisation that existed from 1883 until 1994). However, a direct connection between myself and the Company does actually exist. . This takes the form of an 853-page history of the New Zealand Crown Mines Co. Ltd, that I have written. The work is titled Innovation, Greed and a Long, Long Twilight; A History of New Zealand Crown Mines Co. Ltd., 1883-1994. with publication expected to occur in 2017. In addition, I have an on-going interest in the Company, Coromandel Peninsula gold mining and in underground gold-mining in general. The use of the New Zealand Crown Mines Co. Ltd.’s name is, if you will, a homage to it, effectively ‘keeping it alive’ and to the now almost-extinct industry it was part of; an aspect of New Zealand history that is currently (2016) both villified and poorly documented.
ABOUT ME AND MY INTERESTS: I have a wide variety of interests, including such random things as aviation, art, trains (railways), both large and small, gold mining (especially underground gold mining as practiced on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula). I am an ‘occasional’ artist, with my ‘medium of choice’ being Pen and Ink. I have however been known to make forays into pencil, water colour, acrylic and oil paints as well. Pen and Ink (P&I) is however my preferred option.
My artistic subjects vary, but are largely ‘industrial; in theme. As portraying the human form in detail is not one of my artistic strengths, you will be unlikely to find such images within my art. You will however find steam locomotives, gold mines, ships, buildings and aircraft (and other things as well, as the fancy takes me) being portrayed. However, as ‘art’ can also three-dimensional, I also create model railways’ objects which some have referred-to as ‘art in miniature’. It is possible that these will appear on these pages.
Examples of two of these interests appear below (All original images remain my property and under my copyright):
It is of course inevitable that other ‘interests’ will make their way onto this site. As only time will tell what these might be, anything is possible and might even occur. We will see. I would, of course, appreciate any reasonable and non-abusive feedback, while ‘Likes’ are always welcome.
I hope that you enjoy what you see, and that you will return from time to time to see what has been added to the site.
Thank you for visiting.
As has already been mentioned, I have for many years been interested in the history and methods used to extract gold from underground on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, during the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. The industry is poorly documented and to visualise what was being used and the methods employed, I started to use pen and ink drawing as an aide memoire to my research. An example of this appears below:
Wooden-sided ore truck as used on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula goldfields.
Notes: Black pigment liner (.05 nib) on cartridge paper. Image measures 3 in. x 4.5 in.(76 mm x 114 mm).
I have also had a long-standing interest in railways in general and the railways of New Zealand in particular. Naturally, these engines have been illustrated in pen and ink, and an example of this appears below:
New Zealand Government Railways Class ‘X’ Locomotive.
Notes: Black ‘finepoint’ ballpoint pen on cartridge paper. Image measures 3 in. x 4.5 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).