Collection 2018/6 - Photographs of E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon

Cell room in the 100-ton plant Excavation and construction below railway line at Risdon Construction of new Risdon wharf Stockpiles of rock and framework of new building Interior of cell room at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Cladding a building at E.Z. zinc works Construction of retaining wall at E.Z. Co Zinc Works Exterior view of cell room at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works 100-ton plant Sawmill on site at Risdon Carpenter in workshop at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Construction of new wharf at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works New weatherboard building at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Loading bay at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Horse carts and timber at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Power house foundation work at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Concrete formwork for power house at E.Z. Co Zinc Works Expansion of E.Z. Co. Zinc Works cell room 1930 Looking north to cell room extension at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Concrete framework of new building at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Construction of pure solution tank at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Concrete pouring tower hoisted at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Corrugated iron shed dwarfed by larger building under construction at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Workmen preparing footings for expansion at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Construction of furnace at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Bricklayers building furnace at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Workers assembling jacket of Derwent Prime furnace at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Workers assembling base of furnace jacket at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Staging for Derwent Prime furnace jacket at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Excavation for Derwent Prime furnace at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Excavation work for construction of furnace at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Derwent Prime furnace jacket assembled at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Horse and cart used in excavation of Derwent Prime furnace site at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Building foundations for Derwent Prime furnace at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Boxing for foundations of Derwent Prime furnace at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Framework for pouring concrete in the power station building at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works Framework of roasting division building at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Bricks stacked inside corrugated iron shed at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Structure of power house takes shape at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon 1921 Bricks and timber stacked near corrugated iron building at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Construction of roasting and leaching division for the 100-Ton Plant at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Ri... Construction of retaining wall below train line at E.Z. Co Zinc Works Construction of leaching division below train line at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Elevated view of newly constructed cell room and roasting division of 100-Ton Plant at E.Z. Co. Z... View downhill to River Derwent from E.Z. Co. Zinc Works 100-Ton Plant construction site Workers building framework of new building at E.Z. Co Zinc Works 1924 New buildings under construction above railway cutting at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works 1924 Workers pause for photo inside new building at E.Z. Co Zinc Works 1924 Timber trusses, bricks and framework of new building under construction at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works 1924 Interior tanks being fitted out in partially constructed building at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works View of construction site uphill at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon 1924 Assembling crane on wharf at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Stone masons and bricklayers at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Stone and timber foundations at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon Bricks and timber stacked at E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon 1924

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AU TAS UTAS ITCCD 2018/6

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Photographs of E.Z. Co. Zinc Works at Risdon

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  • 1920 - 1940 (Creation)

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507 digital images

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(1891-)

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Beattie’s Studio is a photographic business founded by Scotsman John Watt Beattie, known professionally as J.W.Beattie (1859-1930), who began exhibiting photographs soon after his arrival in Tasmania in 1878.

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(1916-1984)

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Electrolytic Zinc or the Electrolytic Zinc Company of Australasia (frequently abbreviated to EZ ) was the company that operated a Zinc refinery on the banks of the Derwent River in Risdon in Hobart in Tasmania between 1916 and 1984. For more information see http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/E/Electrolytic%20zinc%20works.htm or for further reading: A Alexander, The Zinc Works, Hobart, 1992.

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The collection features photographs taken by Hobart photographic studio Beattie’s Studio, also known as J.W. Beattie, for the Electrolytic Zinc Co. at the company’s Risdon smelter between 1920 and 1940. The collection depicts construction of new facilities at the factory complex. The first sod was turned on the zinc smeltering plant at Risdon on the western shore of the Derwent River on 16 November 1916, and a test smelter called the 250 lb plant was opened in 1917 to produce 250 lb of zinc a day using the recently developed Roast-Leach-Electrowin (RLE) process of extracting zinc through electrolysis. Electrolytic Zinc’s office occupied the former Derwent Inn. The larger 10-ton plant opened in January 1918 and the 100-ton plant opened in November, 1921. This collection of photographs depicts the phases of construction of the 100-Ton Plant, further expansion of the smelter and decomissioning of some of the older equipment at the zinc works. Beattie’s Studio was a photographic studio founded by Scotsman John Watt Beattie (1859-1930), who began exhibiting photographs soon after his arrival in Tasmania in 1878.

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Many images are identified with the original plate numbers as an Alternative Identifier.

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These images available for private research and study.

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For permission to reproduce please contact UTAS SPARC special.collections@utas.edu.au

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Alexander, A. (1992). The zinc works, producing zinc at Risdon, 1916-1991, Risdon, Tas.: Pasminco Metals-EZ.

Alexander, A. (2006). Electrolytic Zinc Works. A Companion to Tasmanian History. Retrieved from http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/E/Electrolytic%20zinc%20works.htm

Ramshaw, N. (2012). Electrolytic zinc zorks: nomination for a heritage recognition award. Hobart, Tas.: Nyrstar and Engineering Heritage Australia. Retrieved from https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/system/files/engineering-heritage-australia/nomination-title/Electrolytic%20Zinc%20Works.Nomination.V5.pdf

The Mercury (1920). Electrolytic Zinc, The Mercury, p3, 27 November 1920. Retrieved from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11503222

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