The Pot Kiln apparently taken on opening day

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Bruce Comfort on August 15, 2011

This photo, copied and enhanced a bit here, is at the Staveley Geological and Historical Museum, which has a very good display of local industry and the community surrounding the area which was associated with and to some extent depended on commercial mineral deposits. The wooden trestle bridge has a group of visitors and workmen and a small trolley is visible. This tramway bridge lead to the coal mine which was about 300 metres away. To the left of the photo is just visible a similar but shorter bridge with rails also, along which the stone was brought.

The timber corral at the top of the kiln made good sense as workmen up there were otherwise exposed to a fall.

This is one of possibly only two "freestanding" kilns of this type in New Zealand, the other being McDonald's kiln on Otago Peninsula.

The burnt lime had to be hauled up the slope at the bottom right of the photos where a roadway was being built when this photo was taken.

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    by Bruce Comfort

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