Electrolytic Zinc Works, Risdon, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 1923By Remembering the Past Australia / August 12, 2020 / Australia / 0 Comments
Risdon, Tasmania, Australia
This image is part of the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives UK.
The Electrolytic Zinc Company was established in 1916 to produce zinc metal from zinc sulphide ore using cheap electricity to be provided by a hydro-electric scheme run by the Tasmanian Government. Under General Manager Herbert Gepp, zinc production began at Risdon in 1917 in a small-scale plant, followed by a 10 ton per day plant in 1918 and a 100-ton plant in 1921. The Hobart plant was the first electrolytic zinc plant in the Southern Hemisphere and an early example worldwide. [Electrolytic Zinc Works, Nomination for a Heritage Recognition Award 2012. pg. 14.]
Showing the Electrolytic Zinc Works, Risdon, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Original photo published 1923.
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