Jul 27, 2015

Old Picture Tauranga

Rob sent me this old pic. Intriguing.
My guess is that this is the old sulphur processing plant at Tauranga's Sulphur Point.
Sulphur was mined and ground up on White Island, out from Whakatane. I understand it was then shipped to Tauranga for further processing (perhaps the plant pictured) and used to make fertilizer.
The first sulphur mine on White Island dates back to 1885 and over the years several restart operations  occurred for a variety of reasons. Finally all mining ceased in 1933 due to the depression and the reduced demand for fertilizer.
I may be wrong. More work needed.

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