Dunedin Gasworks Museum

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Dunedin Gasworks Museum

Dunedin Gasworks Museum is located in South Dunedin, in the South Island of New Zealand.

The museum is housed in the Engine House of the former Dunedin Gasworks in Braemar Street, close to Cargill's Corner, which operated from 1863 until 1987. The Dunedin Gasworks were the first in New Zealand and also the last to cease production. At its peak in the 1970s coal gas was provided to over 18,000 customers in the city. The Edwardian buildings of the gasworks were saved by a trust headed by Elizabeth Hinds, Director of the Otago Settlers Museum,[1] and are now listed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I Historic Place.[2]

The museum is one of only a handful of known preserved gasworks museums in the world. The conserved Engine House features a working boiler house, fitting shop and a unique collection of five stationary steam engines. There are also displays of domestic and industrial gas appliances.

The museum was opened on 3 February 2001 in a ceremony attended by Dr. George Emerson, Chair of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust, and Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman of English Heritage.[1]


Coordinates: 45°53′36″S 170°30′07″E / 45.893451°S 170.502043°E / -45.893451; 170.502043