The switchboard from the Waipori Pump Station, which is now
displayed at the Taieri Historical Park near Outram. Photo
be Stephen Jaquiery.
The Taieri Historical Society hopes old equipment from
the Waipori Pump Station will flood its park in Outram with
visitors this season.
President Neil Gamble said the society had acquired the 1920s
switchboard and one of the old Citroen pumps from the
The switchboard was already on display when the Taieri
Historical Park opened for the season last weekend, and it is
hoped the old 6 tonne pump would also be displayed soon.
''We spent quite some time negotiating with the Otago
Regional Council to get the switchboard and pump.
''They were instrumental in bringing the Taieri from
swampland into the dairying pastures they are today.
''It's a vital piece of the Taieri's history.''
Mr Gamble said the pumping station was the largest of its
kind in the southern hemisphere when it was built in the
The scheme used three large Citroen pumps to extract water
from 120km of drains across the West Taieri.
''They weighed about 6 tonne and operated with a 75hp
electric motor. There were three of them - we have one, one
is still on site but not in operation, and the other is in
''They've now been replaced.''
The Waipori Pumping Station relics are not the only pieces of
Taieri history on display at the park.
The society has been collecting Taieri memorabilia since
1970, and displays include colonial furniture, porcelain,
jewellery, books, photos, silverware, costumes, artworks,
kitchenware, farm equipment and architectural antiques.
At-risk heritage buildings have also been moved to the park
for display, including the early Outram courthouse, the jail,
school, steam engine shed, Berwick Church, an early public
telephone box, a large windmill and the 1930s Mosgiel
The park is open on Sunday afternoons.