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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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.

no - stone for the aqueduct piers (support columns) was quarried here - see other pics for the aqueduct. That makes the last one to see now and I have seen all the tunnels and walked through one! (the shortest as I'm really no use underground!)


check your spelling on this one

This is the Arowhenua War Memorial. When the sun is right ie early in the morning! I will photograph it too, and the tablets (close-up) for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage website.

In that respect Francis, if you see any small war Memorials (not the big towns they are pretty well already done) can you let me know where.

A low res photo would be nice, but you don't need to do the detail photos unless you want to - I get a kik out of going there to do them myself.

Do you know the website I'm posting pictures on??


Hi Bruce ,

Didn't know there was gold down there so thanks for the pics and the heads up



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