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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Didn't they have water plans? or was this a rupture ?

This is a short section of the 24 inch (600mm) cast iron main pipe laid from the reservoir down the valley of Glen Creek and thence via Eden Street to Oamaru township. The pipe is in remarkably good condition. It is about 28mm thick and was cast in Christchurch by Anderson's Engineering a pioneer foundry which had a reputation for quality innovative work. Pipes of 24 inch (600mm) 18inch (450mm) and 300 mm were made for the project and later some 250mm pipes were laid. In 2011 a section of pipe was exposed and damaged (a fitting broken off) during road works in Thames Street. The pipe was a bare 500mm below road level and most of the network was similarly only buried at a shallow depth, heavy traffic on the roadways having not been predicted in 1880.

Orangapai Tuberculosis Sanitorium was built in the hills above Waipiata in the Maniototo, where a Tuberculosis treatment centre comprising a few small wooden buildings and tents for the patients was first established in 1917, to help troops with Tb returning from WWI.

It is at an altitude of about 530 MASL in the western fringes of a large area of volcanic geology dominated landscape, and the land around is characterised by fields of boulders and bassalt outcrops. The location is spectacular.

In the days before chemotherapeutic chemicals (antibiotics) fresh cold dry air was the "cure" of choice - and in many cases it worked! It was common practice, world-wide, to locate Tb Sanitoria in higher altitude places where it often snowed and the air was low humidity.

Orangapai was opened in 1924, by the then Minister of Health Sir Maui Pomare, one of New Zealand's most distinguished Maori medical practitioners.

Designed by E R Wilson, an Invercargill architect who designed extant seminal Invercargill buildings like the Railway Station, Kew Hospital and The Opera House, Orangapai was a substantial sophisticated grouping of large building with a mechanised laundry, central heating and roads and street lighting (later upgraded)

It is of white mortar-pointed brick veneer and double brick construction and all the buildings have slate roofs. Most of the treatment wing windows are steel framed and above about 2 metres they were unglazed during the treatment years. Similarly the individual bedrooms for the patients had no glazing and it is recorded that in winter, snow often settled on the patients' bed clothing!

In many respects it has classical Arts and Crafts architectural overtones, however it is an unashamed institutional building.

The Nurses' Home and the Medical Superintendent's house are more domestic in appearance and are physically separated from the treatment and residential buildings.

At the end of the sanitorium era the buildings became a Justice Department Borstal (male youth residential home and prison) and after that it, and surrounding land of about 100Ha, was purchased and is now owned privately. The complex runs as a Christian Community and Retreat called En Hakkore whose directors are well aware of the historic significance of the site and buildings and who, although modifying the internal fitments are preserving the fabric faithfully and responsibly.

As far as I am aware the complex has no NZHPT status. It is recorded in the Central Otago District Plan as an historic location.

This very small volume kiln has at one time been in the ownership of the Vincent family of Mt Somers. This family was instrumental in the extensive redevelopment of the lime kilns in Ashburton Gorge Road initially built by Alfred Edward Peache, one time proprietor of Mt Somers Station.

It is a small oval furnace not more than 1200 x 800 but the size of the nearby quarries does indicate that over its life it did produce much and good burnt lime. Mr Stan Vincent advises that when it was working it had a substantial sorting shed over the front of the kiln to allow sorting in wet weather. Some cut stone that formed the foundations of that shed is scattered around the site.

The people who designed, wrote, checked and then erected this Tourist Information Board at Contact Energy's Clyde Hydro may have been asleep at the wheel.

The person responsible has acknowledged her reliance on a few checks by others in the Company.

A quick calculation will tell you that the penstocks must weigh at least 85 tonnes - on the dimensions given, and probably a fair bit more than that.

AND 220 cumecs is 220,000 litres of water a second.

Contact energy is the beneficiary and the custodian of a lot of historic high quality engineering design and construction. They also operate the second biggest hydro dam in New Zealand - one which has as its holding lake billions of tons of water poised above Clyde and Alexandra townships. They should give us more confidence in their abilities, than this sign suggests.

The old guys from the Ministry of Works and the New Zealand Electricity Departments would be saddened to see the outcome of their heritage works treated like this.

was a fantastic old bridge also severely damaged after Sept 4th quake

Fantastic Craftsmanship at work Bruce eh?

Nice wee church Bruce

This is not a Peache kiln - it was built by the Vincents and is in its own concrete casing not in the hillside.


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