Post by lammerlaw on Sept 28, 2011 10:33:56 GMT 12
Very interesting reading indeed - I think that the remains of this submarine should be taken to Dunedin and displayed appropriately in a room of its own with goldfields memorabilia as a testimony to New Zealands place in the pioneering of several methods of gold recovery on the goldfields of the late 1800s and early 1900s. I am sure that thiss displayed with some of the relics of the gold dredges would be quite a drawcard for tourists.
Since having written the above comment I have re read it and thought some more on this article - we in New Zealand appear rather tardy in our thinking. We. or at least the act thinks that a bottle dug frOm an old gold fields site is 'historical' and under the act an offense committed and some poor sod taken to court for breaking the act relating to 'historical sites' and the same went for a father and son I believe it was who removed gravel from an old tailings heaps - god had better be careful others wise by removing gravel from the tailings by sending rain and the resultant erosion of the tailings heap will get him, or her if gods a she, into strife! And yet for all of this we completely miss the point - this country once had the rescourses to become 'the' capital for International tourist by protecting what is really important and yet Dept of Consitipation, Hysterical Places Trust and others leave to rot into the ground items of real value, old steam haulers, steam engines, boilers, log hauling winches, gold stampers, dredge remains...and yes...a submarine!
The remains of this submarine should indeed be brought back to Dunedin and displayed together with a full sized replica and placed in the Otago Early Settlers grounds within a gallery of its own but complete with other major gold fields machinery, sluice guns, stampers and so on.
Before it is too late we should be restoring the likes of Arrowtowns main street, blocking it off and restricting it to foot traffic alone, removing the tar seal and creating a true to life gold fields atmosphere as though time stands still. Note well that in Tombstone Arizona they have done that with the historic section where it all took lace in the good old days so that when you leave the paved road and go onto the historic section there is a great element of realism - Then we have our 'authentic' reproduction of a gold town, Shanty town - a great place but totally spoilt I think by the tarseal street which could have been made more realistic by making the street a clay coloured concrete or similar complete with fake ruts...excepting that the PC Brigade in OSH (Overbloated Selfcentred Halfwits) would consider it 'dangerous'.
Onone hand leaving the submarine lying where it is and comparing that with prosecuting someone for digging up a few bottles somehow shows to me just how shallow New Zealanders are and the more 'academic' they become the blinder they are...just my thoughts.
Last Edit: Nov 25, 2011 16:37:56 GMT 12 by lammerlaw
Many thanks for posting. Its good to hear that I am not alone in thinking that our History and Heritage is being robbed, while the "non-productive, debt funded, over fattened civil leaders, pose in the media, to justify their non-productivity. I found articles about the Submarine. You are quite right.
Here on the West Coast, from where almost all of New Zealands mineral wealth initially came from, our history and heritage has been exported out in "scrap wagons and trucks". It is still happening today. I seen a wonderful old electric ex-underground Coal Cutter on a scrap truck only a few months ago. (Mine was electric in 1908). Bloody criminal.
Interestingly, the scrap trucks only go up the Govt Mine during weekends, and therefore, are un-supervised. (lots of other "stuff" is under the scrap).
Nearly the whole of our Heritage and History has been stolen in this manner. Yet, as you so accurately state, Historic Places and the Dept of CON, descend on the minor crap, like protecting tailings and bottles.
With that Lunacy in mind....... Our future generations, could be, being robbed of History and Heritage because our generation are not producing tailings ??.
In fact, with our seriously over-regulated, and with so much non-productive Govt interference, we have destroyed the essential entrepreneurs, and risk takers, that are so vital to our economic well-being. In truth, the very name "entrepreneur", has very negative connotations, in this very odd, over regulated economic system.
See ... "Grey River Dredge to finish" on this Forum.
I once attempted a Historical restoration of the wonderful Charming Creek Horse-drawn Trams, and got slammed and shafted by the over-bloated and self-pretentious, "protectors of everything".