The Pareora Dam and the race 2011

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Bruce Comfort on February 14, 2012

In this telephoto shot you can see the Pareora River Dam and the trace of the old water race across the front of the spur where a walking track now makes the area accessible to the public. The dam is dangerous and as recently as 2005 a young woman was drowned when she was captured by the flow over the dam, in the pool below. At the far right of the pic you can see a section of the race that was lined with/constructed from concrete from its inception. There is an interesting web page at ( on that page a link to a Video made recently by a combined NZHPT and Timaru Museum group - featuring the race. Both the video and the Rootsweb web page perpetuate the impression that the race was something like 27 miles long (the number varies widely!! and often flamboyantly) - it was surveyed at just over 17 miles and will have been as long as it was surveyed - unless the digger disputed the work of John Thomas Thompson, the surveyor.

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  • Uploaded on February 11, 2012
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Bruce Comfort
    • Camera: SAMSUNG ES65, ES67 / VLUU ES65, ES67 / SAMSUNG SL50
    • Taken on 2011/11/25 20:01:13
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 13.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash