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The Malfroy Geysers.

The Rotorua correspondent of the NewZealand "Herald" writes: —Monday being the official day in honour of Her Majesty's birthday, it was made the occasion to celebrate a,"rather novel and interesting event, namejy, the starting of the new geysers in the Sanatorium Grounds, at which Mr . Malfroy, the engineer-in-charge, has lately'been working. " There are two concrete basins round the Oruawhata. Springs .which supply the Blue Douche Electric Baths. The basins have hitherto been full of placid hotwater, without a'bubble to show where the springs were, and during the past six months they have been' more quiescent than usual, so much so that they, became inadequate to "maintain the b^ath"! at: thW required .temperature. This was a serious matter, and, if not remedied, would be detrimental to the district. Thanks, however, to the genius of Mr Malfroy, who discovered that by collecting and gathering the springs into pipes they might be brought to have a geyser action, which would throw the water up •at a much higher temperature. With this view he started to work about a month ago, and has now succeeded in not only increasing the temperature of the baths, but has also been successful in manufacturing three fine geysers over the three main hot springs, and what seems still more wonderful is that by means of regulating valves he has complete control over their action, and can make either of them play high or low, constantly of intermittently, as he wishes. To illustrate how-well Mr Malfroy has the geysers under control, I may mention that, in order to allow time to place and connect the pipes over the springs, he caused one of the geysers to play for nearly three weeks without intermission, the other two being perfectly quiescent during that time. About a week ago it was. decided to make the two new ones play up on the afternoon of the Queen's Birth-; day, but that day being officially postponed until Monday, the geysers were likewise made to keep back their thermal activity till then. ; Ok Monday about 40 I of the residents and tourists assembled. : The geysers being set agoing, played I beautifully, throwing the water from 40 to 50 feet high. Independent of their usefulness, they will be a great attraction to the district, and, as remarked by one of the tourists, will add several thousand 1 pounds to the value of the. Sanatorium | grounds. As some slight acknowledgment ■ to the inventor, they have been named I "The Malfroy Group of Geysers," and ' the principal one, the Victoria, in honor of Her Majesty,

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The Malfroy Geysers., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2435, 7 June 1890

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The Malfroy Geysers. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2435, 7 June 1890

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