Low Level Water Race - Victoria Battery


Waihi Gold Mining Company was investigating the Waikino site for a battery.

"Water-races from Waitekauri and Ohinemuri Rivers, also from the Mangakara Creek, have been surveyed to the site at the foot of Thorpe's Hill" (Mines Statement, 1895).


Construction of masonry dam and water race.

1898 Feb.

Victoria Battery starts. Low level race powers the full 100 stamps on March 2nd.


"The wings of the Masonry Dam supplying the Low Pressure Race were carried up an additional six feet as a protection against high floods." (Engineer's Report—Victoria Mill—Year Ended 31st December, 1911.)


Martha Mine closes, Victoria Battery clean up lasts approximately two years. Water race abandoned.


Flood erodes ground at northern wing of Masonry dam. Repaired by Hauraki Catchment Board (as yet unconfirmed).