The most persistent early attempt to develop Fiordland’s hydroelectric potential for aluminium smelting was by the privately owned New Zealand Sounds Hydro-Electric Concessions company. Company founder Arthur Leigh Hunt (right) is seen here with engineer Hugh Vickerman (left) and Sir Douglas Mawson, on a 1928 expedition to Fiordland. It was Mawson’s first visit to the area, and he left believing that it could both support a major industry and retain its natural beauty.
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Reference: A. Leigh Hunt, Confessions of A. Leigh Hunt. Wellington: Reed, 1951, facing p. 93
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