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