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Jim Staton

Jim Staton

Jim Staton is one of a few full time Programme Managers - Historic within the Department of Conservation, (DOC).  Jim’s area covers the Grey and Inangahua Valleys, home to intensive alluvial and hard rock mining, timber milling and coalmining since the late 1860s.

His interest in industrial relics started with a chance meeting with one Paul Mahoney at the Davidson Locomotive site south of Ngahere in the Grey Valley in 1974,. Since that time he has been involved in just about all of the major industrial heritage restorations on the West Coast, plus a few others around New Zealand.

Jim provides advice nationally within DOC, and to other heritage advisers on how to treat and restore rusting and rotting things. He has provided research material for various publications, identifies relics - or parts of relics, and has coordinated many heritage volunteer projects and Ilam University Civil Engineering field trips to the West Coast.

Jim is the regional representative for the Rail Heritage Trust of NZ, West Coast and Nelson areas
He is a member of the NZ Historic Places Trust, (a regional committee member for 25 years, and chair for three years). Jim is also a member of Mainline Steam, The West Coast Mechanical Society (Shantytown) and President of the Westland Industrial Heritage Park.

His h obbies include the restoration of industrial relics, model railways and sawmilling history.

Paper: Golden Lead-Golden Dreams

Abstract: The Golden Lead Mining Company was formed in 1890 to work a quartz/sandstone lead 10km south of Reefton. Crushing commenced on 25th June 1891. In 1904 the Golden Lead company wound up. The last official figures were for 1897 when 480 tons were crushed for 196 oz of gold, representing one of the best returns in the mine’s history. This paper describes why the battery was built, the perfect location, the energy expended and its failure. The battery remains a classic example of past gold recovery technology - set in an isolated location. March 2008 saw the battery foundation rebuilt by the Department of Conservation and this work provided clues as to the company’s demise. Essentially the aerial was too steep, the mortar boxes too deep and the 1890’s speculative desire to set up another gold mine failed to recognize that this group of mines was in a relatively barren parcel of ground.

Sir Neil Cossons
Paul Davies
David Dolan
Wayne Johnson
Euan McQueen
Robert McWilliam
Duncan Waterson
David Beauchamp
Trevor Butler
Matthew Churchward
Andrew Cleland
Rachael Egerton
John Fitzmaurice
Don Fraser
John Gibson
Owen Graham
David Hamilton
Bill Harvey
Peter Holmes
Kevin Jones
Paul Mahoney
Tom Williamson
Peter Lowe
Peter Marquis-Kyle
Gavin McLean
Rob Merrifield
Owen Peake
Miles Pierce
John Porter
Nigel Ridgway
Tony Silke
Jim Staton
Richard Venus
Ian Walsh
Daniel Woo
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