Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1

Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1, this is the first new gallery page of Mount Wellington Mine, it holds new images that were reprinted during 2016/17.

I visited the derelict site many times in the 1990’s, it was an extraordinary place with an atmosphere of its own. I used to just wander around and soak in the memories that the place held. It seemed to me at the time that it was full of ghosts and secrets.

Even when Dave and I were there together it seemed almost wrong that we should do anything but look. I wish I had taken so many more photographs, but I just wanted to wander around and have a look. I have printed all the negatives that I can, this is all I have. Please enjoy this first page of Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.1- This is the view of the site that I had on my first visit. The shaft here was started in 1969, 15ft in diameter and 975 feet deep. Now sadly flooded up to adit level.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.2- Another wider view of the gated entrance to the mine. On the right are the administration offices, these had been gutted the only thing remaining was a big iron safe in the centre of the floor.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.3- This image taken from a slightly elevated position shows the complex of buildings around the headframe at Mount Wellington Mine. At this time the site was almost intact.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.4- These are foundations for storage tanks, in the background a tank for oil storage.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.5- A second view of the oil tank with the headframe standing behind.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.6- The headframe is well framed by the oil tank. The engineering shops can just be seen on the left of the image.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.7- A final close up of the oil tank. This was removed soon afterwards, presumably for use elsewhere or scrap.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.8- The engineering shops of the mine with the headframe standing behind. Underground equipment such as drills and locomotives would have been maintained here.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.9- A second view of the engineering shop, some of the metal cladding had been removed either by the weather or by scavengers. Inside there was nothing left apart from rubbish and some graffiti.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.10- Looking across the mine yard to the impressive headframe. This was sadly demolished in 2007 when it was deemed unsafe. The Engineering shop is to the left of the image, Geology office to the right. In the foreground are the foundations for the winder.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.11- The headframe from the front, in the foreground are the foundations of the Winder House. Most of the machinery pits had been filled with rubble.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.12- This image was taken from the second floor of the mine offices, it covers the whole of the mine yard. The Engineering Shop is the the right of  the headframe.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.13- An elevated view of the front of the headframe. The foundations for the Winder House can be seen clearly. Also the two pits where the drums were mounted are in line with the sheave wheels on top of the headframe. It was very sad the Winder House had been removed, seemed very strange when all the other buildings were left.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.14- The mine offices, these had been heavily vandalised, but were still full of paperwork.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.15- On the right of the image are the mine offices. These were burnt out soon after this image was taken. Loads of paperwork and information was sadly lost in the fire.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.16- The rear of the processing plant looking towards the headframe, the openings in the mill wall once held conveyor belts which transported the processed material to storage silos, the fine ore bin is on the right of the image.

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Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 1.17- The rear of the headframe, this clearly shows the ore silos at the base, from here a conveyor belt would take the mined ore to the mill which is on the left of the image.

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Mount Wellington 1.18- Finally an empty skip in front of the fine ore bin outside the rear of the processing plant. The whole area had been stripped of most things that were useful or worth money.

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