Talisman Consolidated Ltd.

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).

 

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THE TALISMAN CONSOLIDATED BATTERY AT KARANGAHAKE.

Talisman Consolidated Ltd.

The May Queen

The painting  below is of the May Queen of Hauraki Gold Mining Co. Ltd.’s  Poppet Head (Headframe), surface buildings and Mullock (waste rock) dump.  The ‘Queen was located in the Karaka Creek area of the Thames (New Zealand) goldfield, and was one of the last of the large Thames gold mines to operate.

Title: May Queen of Hauraki Gold Mining Co. Ltd, Thames, 1910.

Media: Acrylic paint and ink pen on canvas paper

Ownership: Artist’s personal collection.

(This image is copyright).

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MAY QUEEN OF HAURAKI GOLD MINING CO. LTD., THAMES, 1910.

The May Queen

Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily image (16 Jan’ 2016)

As is already evident, I am interested in ‘things railway’ with particular emphasis of steam locomotives.  I especially like large articulated tank locomotives (of which there are various types and wheel arrangements). and inevitably these have appeared in my art. I am particularly interested in the Kitson-Meyer type of articulated locomotives, a little-known variant of articulated tank engine, a type most active in South America, and have posted two examples of this type of locomotive below. They belong to the Tickford Valley Railway Co. (London) Ltd. (TVR), an imagined narrow gauge railway line that is constructed through very hilly and difficult terrain in the western part of New Zealand’s North Island . A 1:148 scale representation of part of this railway (The ‘Kereru Branch’), has been constructed.

Michael Keith

STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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KITSON-MEYER TYPE ARTICULATED LOCOMOTIVE

(Type 1. 0-6-6-0T)

(Tickford Valley Rly. Co. (London) Ltd.

Notes: Drawn with Black-ink Pigment Liner (.005 nib) on white cartridge paper.  Dimensions: 3 in. x 4.5 in.(76 mm x 114 mm).

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KITSON-MEYER TYPE ARTICULATED LOCOMOTIVE

(Type 3 . 0-6-6-0T)

(Tickford Valley Rly. Co. (London) Ltd.

Notes: Drawn with Black-ink Pigment Liner (.005 nib) on white cartridge paper.  Dimensions: 3 in. x 4.5 in.(76 mm x 114 mm).

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Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily image (16 Jan’ 2016)

Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily images (15 Jan’ 2015)

Despite the preponderance of gold-mining and railway-themed illustrations that appear on this site,  I have been known to draw other things, especially aircraft. Herewith an example.

AIRCRAFT

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ON-MARK B-26K ‘INVADER

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GOLD MINING

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‘A ‘CALIFORNIAN’ TYPE  5-STAMP BATTERY AS USED ON N.Z. GOLDFIELDS’. 

In most of the Coromandel Peninsula’s batteries (reduction-works), the stamper battery was the key to success.   The battery  invariably  operated in  groups of five (as illustrated).* Heavy weights (the ‘Stamps’),  operating  in a pre-programmed sequence and set at  the optimum height for the purpose, crushed the gold-bearing quartz-rock to talcum-powder fineness, releasing  the gold there-in for further chemical processing.

* Confusingly, in Australasia, the term ‘Battery’ was / is used to describe both the crushing  machinery (as illustrated), and the building / site where these machines were located.

Michael Keith

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Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily images (15 Jan’ 2015)

The Daily Images (14 Jan’ 2016)

GOLD MINING

‘Art’ takes many forms, not all of them necessarily mono-dimensional.  For many years I have been a model railway enthusiast, using 1: 148 scale (‘British’ N-scale) to reproduce in miniature the sorts of things that could be seen in the ‘full-sized’ world.  An example of this appears below. It depicts the battery (also known as a ‘reduction-works’) of the Kaisers Reef (Hauraki) Gold Mining Co. Ltd.   In common with many of my efforts it is fictional in concept, although based on actual similar plants and is technically-accurate in what it portrays.   It is included for your viewing pleasure as it is a verifiable ‘work of art’ , albeit in three dimensional form; the colours and techniques used in creating the model forming (at least in my opinion) a cohesive whole, and contributing to the over-all narrative.

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Kaisers Reef (Hauraki) G. M. Co. 40-stamp Battery and cyanide plant

Notes: Scale: 1:148.

Dimensions:  13 in. x 13.5 in. x  5 in.

Materials used: Mixed media.

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STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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 New Zealand Government Rlys. Dept. Class Wb.

These were a small tank locomotive of 2-6-4T wheel arrangement, and were used on light track  and suburban service.

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The Daily Images (14 Jan’ 2016)

Pages from a sketchbook: THE DAILY IMAGES 13 JAN’ 2016

Today’s images portray a the surface workings of the Toi Toi Creek Gold Mining Co. Ltd. a fictional gold mining organisation  located ‘Somewhere on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, and an example of an actual New Zealand  Government  Railways Ub class mixed traffic locomotive, as used on railway tracks  in that country’s South Island. Thank you for visiting.

Michael Keith

GOLD MINING

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TOI TOI CREEK G.M.Co. LTD.

Pen and Ink image of the No.2 shaft and Poppett head (Headframe) of the Toi Toi Creek Gold. Mining. Co. Ltd.

‘The shaft was sunk to access the Anteater Reef  and is currently 400 ft deep. Five levels (numbered A, B, C, D  and E, and of varying lengths), have been driven off the shaft, with C and D levels encountering the reef system and currently on good gold. Levels D and E are currently being extended, with a view to exploring  more of the Company’s leases in the hope of locating other reefs holding similar or better values’.

Notes: Drawn with a Pigment liner with an 0.3-sized tip, on Cartridge paper.  Image measures 3 in x 4.5 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).

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STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS CLASS Ub.

This class of locomotive (with a wheel arrangement of 4-6-0) was constructed by Baldwin Locomotive Co. (USA) and was used as a ‘Mixed traffic’ engine in New Zealand’s South Island. 

Notes: Drawn with a Bic ‘Finepoint’ black ballpoint pen on Cartridge paper.  Image measures 3 in x 4.5 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).

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Pages from a sketchbook: THE DAILY IMAGES 13 JAN’ 2016

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

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

GOLD MINING

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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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STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS CLASS ‘N’. 2-6-2 

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).

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

WELCOME TO MY WORLD

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.

Michael Keith

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GOLD MINING 

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:

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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).

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STEAM LOCOMOTIVES 

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.

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

WELCOME TO MY WORLD