Francis generator, Thames

Engineering Plant (eg railway, locomotive, car, plane)

This Francis generator was installed in 1916 and took its water from a dam at the end of the Waiokaraka Road at the back of Thames. The generator used one million gallons of water an hour or 1.27 cumecs.

The turbine was made by The Pelton Wheel Company in the United States of America, and the generator (100kva) was by Peebles (United Kingdom).

Electricity supply was from dusk to midnight, plus two hours on Tuesday afternoons for domestic ironing.

A diesel engine (possible from a German submarine) was added to boost the supply until arrival of the New Zealand Electricity Department (NZED) supply in the 1920's. The generator was still in use for Thames Township supply until 1946. It was then used for some time as a synchronizer by NZED.


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Bella Street Pump House/Museum of Technology, corner of Bella and Cochrane Streets, Thames.

Thames Valley / Coromandel

Access Info
Contact the museum for opening hours and admission charges.

Nature of Engineering
Electrical Power Generation and Distribution


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Lat: -37.133962 Long: 175.542389