Company formation in the Te Aroha mining district in the 1930s
Hart, P. (2016). Company formation in the Te Aroha mining district in the 1930s. (Te Aroha Mining District Working papers, No. 105). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Historical Research Unit.
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During the early years of the Depression, a few investors sought to form companies to rework almost every portion of the Te Aroha Mining District. Some flotations failed, and even when companies were formed very little work was done. A wide variety of people were promoters and investors, very few of whom had any mining knowledge or access to capital. Competition for ground and low commercial morality led to conflicts and exaggerated claims (notably that Te Aroha’s lodes were linked to Karangahake and Waihi). The Mines Department, anxious to prevent misinformation about these ventures being used to extract money from the gullible and also anxious to defend the industry from harm, was concerned about fraudulent assays and misleading reports from self-proclaimed ‘experts’. All these under-capitalized ventures quickly failed, for what little development took place quickly revealed the poverty of the ore. These syndicates and companies are dealt with chronologically.
Historical Research Unit, University of Waikato
© 2016 Philip Hart