Hauraki-Coromandel Post - - News -

Dug from hum­ble waste­land by the Waihi Gold Min­ing Com­pany in the late 1980s, Lake Gil­mour may have started life as an ugly duck­ling, but it has since grown into a sur­pris­ingly at­trac­tive swan.

When gold min­ing in Waihi clunked to a stand­still in 1952, de­wa­ter­ing also ceased and the ground­wa­ter re­turned to its orig­i­nal pre-min­ing level. As a re­sult, the col­lapsed Milk­ing Cow work­ings at the eastern end of Pukewa (Martha Hill) filled with wa­ter cre­at­ing a small lake, known as Mine Lake.

Re­mem­bered by some as a dreary lake with gloomy dark wa­ter sur­rounded by bush and old mine work­ings, Mine Lake was a pop­u­lar public space nev­er­the­less — and home to a large num­ber of wa­ter­fowl and ducks.

When gold min­ing cranked into gear once more in the late 1980s, Waihi Gold Min­ing cre­ated a new lake (okay, large pond) near the Ohine­muri River in com­pen­sa­tion for the in­evitable loss of the one at Pukewa. — in­for­ma­tion courtesy

Hau­raki Dis­trict Coun­cil

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