Bruce Comfort
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I'm a retired engineer. I ride a 400cc Suzuki Burgman motorscooter and I live in Oamaru, South Island of New Zealand. I have two adult daughters. My interests (if you haven't worked it out) include New Zealand's heritage of engineering works, snapshot photography of the built environment and recording pastoral farming activities around here. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS PANORAMIO SITE HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY ACCESSING HERITAGE BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES, AND ENGINEERING ARTIFACTS WHICH LIE ON PRIVATE LAND. PUBLICATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS SITE DOES NOT IMPLY ANY PUBLIC RIGHTS OF ACCESS. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT A FEW PHOTOS ON THIS SITE ARE NOT MINE, AND THAT MANY ARE TAKEN INDOORS AND ARE OF MACHINERY AND THAT THIS APPARENTLY CONTRADICTS THE TERMS OF USE OF THE PANORAMIO WEBSITE. I HAVE HAD THE SITE MODERATORS' APPROVAL FOR USING THE SITE THIS WAY AS ALL SUCH PHOTOS LINK IN SOME FASHION TO MY OWN PHOTOGRAPHS OF PLACES IN NEW ZEALAND WHERE ARTIFACTS OF ENGINEERING OR PASTORAL OR INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE CAN STILL BE FOUND. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MY INTENTION IS NOT TO USURP THE RIGHTS OF THE HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHERS NOR OF COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND CREDIT IS GIVEN WHERE I CAN. I have made an endeavour to contact copyright holders of material published on these pages and where appropriate, permission is still being sought for these items. Where replies were not received, or where the copyright owner has not been able to be traced, or where the permission is still being sought, I have decided, in good faith, to proceed with publication. I would be happy to hear from copyright owners at any time to discuss usage of item. IF YOU GO TO THE PLACES WHERE MY OWN PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE MODERATORS TO BE IN THE PHOTOS LAYER ON GOOGLE EARTH, MY HOPE IS THAT THE OTHER HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS (which will not have been accepted by the moderators of Google Earth but which appear on these pages) WILL STIMULATE YOU TO THINK ABOUT THE ENGINEERS, ENTREPRENEURS, INVESTORS, THE WORKERS AND OPERATORS AND ALL THE PEOPLE, NOW GONE, WHOSE LIVES WERE INEXTRICABLY TIED TO THESE PLACES AND THESE ENDEAVOURS. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS AND I WELCOME INPUT INTO THIS WORK -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Bernie, nice to see someone with an empathy for the old evidence of water power in the USA. Great to have these industrial heritage places on Panoramio.


A hydro-electric plant was installed at the Wachusett Dam in Clinton, in 1911, for the purpose of generating electric energy for sale as a by-product from the operation of the Water Works, and, so far as known, this was the first instance where water drawn for water supply purposes was used for generating electric energy for industrial purposes. In 1916 a hydro-electric plant was installed at the Sudbury Dam in Southborough for a similar purpose, and, in 1917, a high tension transmission line, 16 miles in length, was constructed to connect these power stations, which have a combined capacity of

7,000 horse power. At Sudbury Dam surge tanks were necessary below the water wheels for satisfactory regulation of the plant, and as the tanks would be unsightly if constructed below the dam,, they were pro- vided by excavating chambers out of sight in the solid ma- sonry of the dam. The gross revenue from the operation of these stations has varied from $60,000 to $96,000 a year and the net profits from the opera- tions average about 30% of the total revenue.

Why was the factory built, as it only had a short life, unless it was for some of the hydro projects in the area.

GREEN with envy. My kind of place. Keep up the good work.

Śliczne kolory. Drzewo wygląda fantastycznie. Lubię.
Pozdrowienia z Polski!

Evan. I've been following some of the debate about the imminent transition of the Panoramio content to Views.

If you take a moment to look at my Panoramio pages (User 1283331) you will hardly find a single photo of a sunset or a river or a butterfly - just hard-core educational stuff with text FOR WHICH I HAVE BEEN VERY GRATEFUL.


I will be sad to lose any functionality in the change.


Bruce Comfort Oamaru New Zealand

This pic shows the relative position of the band of limestone which was quarried for David Hutchinsons lime kiln. Local "knowledge" is that these are "Maori Caves" showing the lack of appreciation in the general community, for North Otago's industrial heritage. The limestone may have been won by mass excavation of the face of the bluff until it became so far below the surface that a bit of room-and-pillar quarrying was justified. IT looks like some 30 or 50 cubic metres of limestone may have been extracted from the small chambers excavated into the thin seam (700 - 100 thick) before the operation ceased. Much still needs to be researched about this location and its hidden or missing kiln before the geological reserve can be properly appreciated.

Dear Panoramio friend,

Google is going to kill Panoramio! For more information please refer to your forums!

The group ! VIEWS ? No, thanks ! is your protest group!

And please sign the Petition Google: Keep The Panoramio Community Alive from the founders of Panoramio, Eduardo und José to Google and spread it!

Wake up!

Let you know all your friends!

Thank you very much for your support!

Nice. I like it. Greetings from México.

Thanks for information about the quarry in Oamaru and your family connection. The gully is still called Rifle Butts but also Lime Kiln gully and The Glen.

It has another heritage site at the top, where a very shelly and crumbly limestone was quarried for Chicken Grit. It has now been filled in for its protection but it's still a protected geological site.

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