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