A Bit of Old Rope

This interesting article has been collated by Jim D on a visit to Donaghys Rope Making Facility in Dunedin.  No he was not smoking rope….  The museum and art gallery were closed.  Thanks Jim for your contribution.

I was privileged to be invited to Donaghy Industries Ltd today by the Southern Heritage Trust to observe the last old-fashioned rope-making machine run through its paces. The SHT will take over the 380 metre rope-walker (tunnel) part of the complex and turn it in to a working museum. Donaghy’s started off rope making in Dunedin in 1876 and has donated the rope-walker part of the complex and machinery to the SHT. A lot of the RNZN’s ropes came from this Company. The SHT has to shift part of the machinery out of the main complex and into the tunnel.

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The 380m rope-walker starts from just past this building that juts out – Bathgate Park to the left.

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Inside


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This machine is called the traveller and the strands were connected to the hooks. As the traveller moved, the hook part rotated and the strands formed to make a rope.

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This section here is the difficult part that has to be dismantled and shifted into the tunnel.

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2 Responses to A Bit of Old Rope

  1. Jim D says:

    In case you haven’t figured it out, Donaghys is in Dunedin…

  2. gunther says:

    when I was a kid we used to play rugby at Bathgate park, and sometimes some of us would get to have a look in the building, can always remember these long strands of rope being worked. interesting place.

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