Kōrero: Mining and underground resources

Prospecting for uranium

Prospecting for uranium

Uranium was discovered in the Buller Gorge in 1955, leading to prospecting in the surrounding area. In this photograph, taken in 1960, geologists and prospectors pose outside the opening to the tunnel that Lime and Marble Ltd called ‘Uranium’s Last Hope’ on the south side of the Buller Gorge. Back (left to right): geologists Reg Sprigg and Bill Watters, and company owner Tas McKee. Front (left to right): prospectors George Sheldon and Tom Cross.

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Photograph by Jock Braithwaite

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Simon Nathan, 'Mining and underground resources - Metals known but not mined', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/9247/prospecting-for-uranium (accessed 24 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Simon Nathan, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006