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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Hiya PhilBee (whoever you are) Nice set of photos and great to see another user taking advantage of the text capacity of the comments and description facility to describe the photos. You can write a book on Panoramio!

I am user 1283331. And the moderators know me and the use I am putting Panoramio to. Not too many sunset and rainbow photos!

Are you aware that this old brick building still houses two 1916 vintage Haslam ammonia compressors from the early days of the Belfast Meat works of Canterbury Frozen Meat Co. One of these machines can and is still occasionally run. And appears here;

I have a page devoted to these machines;

and am organising for friends to see the machine running February 17th.

Bruce Comfort

Hi Bruce - I was not even aware of Panoramio until I found this picture. I found these photos from doing a plain old image search on Google for "chinese pig oven" and, to my surprise, I saw something very familiar! To answer your question, yes - I am of Chinese descent and I too am See Yip. I have only briefly browsed through "Sons of the Soil" when it was published and I'm not sure if our family is mentioned. I moved to Auckland more than 30 years ago and have just celebrated 30 years of marriage to my wife Alda earlier this year! But, I do remember working the fields with my brothers and my parents - and then harvesting the "fruits" of our labours ... through all weathers. I even remember some bright sunny days during the winters, it was so cold we had to wait until later in the day to pick brussel sprouts because they'd frozen over during the night!! So we had to wait until they thawed.

When Newcastle [New south Wales Australia] was first settled, Carrington, as we know it today, didn't exist. It was a low lying tidal island that was known to the local Aboriginals as "wuna - r tee" and was known to be abundant with fish, mud crabs and oysters. Originally named Chapmans Island during the convict era, then later Bullock Island, it rose from the mud from 1859 when extensive dredging commenced in Newcastle Harbour to help alleviate flooding (probably following the 1857 floods) with the spoil spread over the tidal flats gradually raising the island above the tidal influence. Then during the 1860's Bullock Island became a ballast dumping ground for the visiting coal ships and as the demand for coal continued to grow, more expedient methods were sought on the loading of the colliers with Mr. E O Moriarty, the Chief Engineer of the NSW Steam Navigation Board, expanding Bullock Island to accommodate the growing coal trade. In 1874 Mr Moriarty commissioned the British based Armstrong Hydraulic Machinery Factory to design a hydraulic crane delivery system for the Bullock Island site. James Barnet was commissioned to design the Power Station to accommodate the new fangled equipment and so in 1878 Newcastle led Australia when the £20,000 ($16 million) Carrington Hydraulic Power Station began operations with the first load of coal dispatched using this new system on the 18th March 1878. It wasn't until 1916 -17 that electricity replaced the steam pumps and in 1964 the last of the internal machinery were removed from building for scrap. Recently the building has been purchased by the NSW State Government which intends to restore this excellent example of 19th century industrial architecture to its former glory after nearly 50 years of disgraceful neglect. (information courtesy of John McCulloch)

You might want to check out as well

This pic for instance. When you uploaded it you will have seen an option to "describe" the photo and "map this photograph" click that and then it'll bring up a map of the world search for Oamaru and pan around until you can identify the land feature and click the map. Then if the Google Earth administrators agree, the picture will appear in Google Earth at that spot - the club gets the qudos and so does North Otago. You may have to remove that logos.

The "sinkholes" (called Dolines) at Craigmore Station for instance would be agreat photo to have geo-located so people can see the feature both in your pic and in Google earth.

Bruce Comfort Oamaru

This set of photos has been linked to on the IPENZ Engineering Heritage web page, which anyone interested in the heritage of engineering should be aware of

Subsequent to posting this photograph, I have learned of the existence of a very old fellmongery in the Oamaru suburb of Evelyne. In the 1940s this fellmongery was operated by the Hedges family after which the road it's on is named.

The photos of the fellmongery are at . I have also learned that Mr Hedges had "informal" permission to open the sluice gate on this aqueduct when the water in the stream he used for processing at his works was getting low in Landon Creek. It may be that this is not a picture with the raceman visible, but Mt Hedges getting his free water.!

Panoramio's terms of use specifically excludes pictures that are not your own, pictures taken indoors and pictures of machinery. I have had contact with the site moderators who however have agreed that the pictures maps old photos etc which I am publishing and particularly machinery in-situ and "on the ground" will be accepted and occasionally end up on Google Earth because they are supportive of Panoramio and Google earth being utilised like I am using it to elucidate and explain heritage - I'm very pleased as you might guess.



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