Talisman Consolidated was a London-based gold mining company that operated a mine at Karangahake (Car-rang-uh-hack-ee) in New Zealand’s North Island from approximately 1893 to 1921. It was one of the ‘Big Three’ gold mines in the area, and was , for a time, one of the biggest gold producers in New Zealand. However, the gold effectively ran out during WW I, and the Company closed its battery and mining operations in December 1919.
This painting is based on a photograph that appeared in the New Zealand Mines Handbook published in1906. Subsequent research indicates that the sides of the building could possibly have been painted Red Oxide (as appearing in the May Queen (Hauraki) painting that I posted on 5 May 2016). This cannot however be confirmed, although research into the matter continues.
Title: ‘The Talisman Consolidated Battery at Karangahake’.
Notes: Acrylic paint on canvas.
Ownership: Artist’s personal collection.
(This work is copyright).
THE TALISMAN CONSOLIDATED BATTERY AT KARANGAHAKE.