Description: In Heather Jock Hut (1300m above see level) used to live scheelite miners.
Scheelite, being tungsten ore, is known for its use in the manufacture of a special steel which is hard, tough and heat resistant.
Transporting ore and mining gear across the deep gorges, was by means of wire ropeways. Three of these have been in use for many years. One from Mount McIntosh across the Bucklerburn river to the Mt Juda side, and two others, from the Bonnie Jean and Heather Jock mines across the Bonnie Jean creek. These ropeways consisted of two main standing ropes anchored at each end, fitted with a travelling cage or bucket, attached to a smaller tow rope which travelled around a grooved wire rope wheel. Many tons of ore etc, have been moved in this way. (Source: The Scheelite Story - by Ted Barnett)
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Keywords: Glenorchy, New Zealand, Whakaari Conservation Area, mountains, snow, landscape, Otago, Mount Alaska, Mt Judah, night, stars, Bonnie Jean, Heather Jock, mine, Heather Jock Hut, hiking, tramping
Exif: Exposure: 30/1, Aperture: 3.2, ISO: 200
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