Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily Images (12 Jan’ 2016)

Herewith two images for your delectation. I trust that you will enjoy them.



Compressed-Air Drill

In underground goldmines, the gold was contained within quartz rock , known as ‘reefs’.  The reefs had to be broken-up and to do this required the use of explosives, placed into holes drilled into the quartz rock.  Compressed-air was used to drive the machines used to drill these holes.   The image above shows two men using a rock drill (based-on the Edgar’ patent) with light being provided by candles  placed in holders (known as ‘spiders) inserted into the walls of the working. This image  is a study in shadows.

Note: Drawn with a pigment liner with an 0.3 mm nib, on cartridge paper.  Image measures 3.5 in x 4 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).



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These  were a class of steam locomotives used  for  general goods service , and were built by Baldwin locomotive in the USA.

Notes: Black ‘Finepoint’ ballpoint pen on cartridge paper. Image measures 3 in. x 4.5 in. (76 mm x  114 mm).


Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily Images (12 Jan’ 2016)


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, 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.

Michael Keith



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:

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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).