Story: Iron and steel

Onekakā ironworks

Onekakā ironworks

In the 1920s the Onekaka Iron and Steel Company built a blast furnace and ironworks near deposits of limonite iron ore at Onekakā in north-west Nelson. They were successful in smelting iron, but the iron ore reserves were small, and the operation ceased in 1935.

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Fleur Templeton, 'Iron and steel - Attempts to extract iron', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2021)

Story by Fleur Templeton, published 12 Jun 2006