Steam restored to gasworks museum

Dunedin Gasworks Museum engineering team co-ordinator Tom Galletly adjusts a steam-powered exhauster at the museum yesterday. Photos by Linda Robertson
Dunedin Gasworks Museum engineering team co-ordinator Tom Galletly adjusts a steam-powered exhauster at the museum yesterday. Photos by Linda Robertson
Steam has returned to the Dunedin Gasworks Museum after a 16-month wait, and the complex in South Dunedin has ''come alive'' again.

''It's been brilliant,'' museum engineering team co-ordinator Tom Galletly said yesterday.

''The boiler is the heart of the place.

''When you came in the engine house before . . . it was cold and damp. There was just no life.

''We've got life back now . . . It's just warm and cozy and it's good.''

After the former oil-fired boiler failed its inspection last year, a new boiler was built in Christchurch, modelled on the previous unit.

The recently installed new boiler.
The recently installed new boiler.
It was then transported to Dunedin, where installation and adjustments were completed.

Gasworks museum trust chairman Barry Clarke addressed more than 60 people at a function at the museum last night to celebrate the return of steam.

That restoration marked an important new phase for the museum, and he thanked the Dunedin City Council for a $40,000 interest-free loan to cover the costs of the new boiler.

He also praised Mr Galletly and other volunteers for their work in making the museum's new era of steam a reality.

There was growing acknowledgement of the museum's significance and it had recently been added to the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand heritage register.

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