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 location of this kiln is just to the North of the Elworthy Kiln and it can be seen in Francis Vallance's photo of the Elworthy (Pareora) kiln as that photo appears on Google Earth.

Now that I have talked to Helen Fluit I am more confident of the operation of this kiln. There was no association of it with James McDonald.

Because of the sandy nature of the limestone in the band that was quarried, this kiln produced hydraulic lime, that is burnt lime that had the properties of modern cement and which would cure in the presence of water. Helen advises that the main use of the material was for foundation stonework in Dunedin on the salt flats of the southern suburbs where the high watertable meant that soils were almost continuously water logged.

well well well. No side walls at all - just these narrow buttresses with the "quoin blocks" sticking out - how very strange. It was obvious that the way the soil/earth had been formed around the kiln mouth (hardly at all) that some means must have been employed to allow the kiln operators to walk around the kiln mouth safely without tumbling down the bank - and here it is in the newest photo of this set, just added. A rather poor reproduction of a poor copy of an enlargement of a small contact print from a very early 1900s camera and you can see the kiln working, the quarry still quite small, the lime burners' day hut accommodation either undeveloped or demolished? and the wooden platform around the kiln mouth. Too much speculation by far, first time.

Thanks Eva - this photo is now on my Panoramio pages.

Like you, I try to expose the users of Panoramio and the people all around the world who use Google Earth, to the heritage we have here in New Zealand and not just its beauty.


Interesting...Greetings Eva

Blatant evidence of room-and-pillar quarrying for the limestone resource which goes quite unremarked in/on the Vanished World Heritage Trail interpretation board. Whether or not this bothers you comes down to your interpretation of doing something properly I guess. David Hutchinson (here)in Oamaru may or may not be the same David Hutchison who was associated with the Shag Point Coal mines and the lime kiln

in the hills behind Palmerston? Or they may be different men?

Fine detail Bruce,like.

Ciao Tom

This well designed, well made and elegantly conceived sheep dip is on land in the ownership of the Studholme family, a family of the earliest settlers of the Waimate area. A dip is filled with a dilute aqueous solution of chemicals making a liquor which wets the fleece and kills parasites in the wool and disease organisms and spores. The sheep are made to swim the length of the dip and ar, at a couple of points, pushed completely under the liquor by farm hands with wooden poles. - shows the process in graphic detail. The dip is said to date from the latter part of the 19thC and is mass concrete fully plastered on all surfaces except the standing area. It incorporates a hard standing area where just-dipped sheep could be kept to allow the expensive dip liquor to run out of their fleece and thus be direced back into the dip proper to be re-used, channels and sumps to facilitate that, a deflector at the exit end of the dip so that the "bow wave" of dip liquor created by sheep moving up the exit ramp and out of the pond would not spill out of the pond and overhangs all along the top of the walls forming the pond (dip) to discourage sheep from attempting to rear up as they tend to do and to also keep the liquor in place.

As of December 2011, this mill wheel has been dissembled and taken off-site for restoration.

The wheel pit has (at January 10th 2012) yet to be excavated to reveal to what extent that part of the wheel rim and spokes (possibly 1/5 of the circumference?)has deteriorated after being buried in the rubble filling the pit for a few decades.

The plans for the restoration of the wheel may be understood by the Trust undertaking the work, but they have not really been made public and there is apparently debate about the extent to which the wheel and site can be "touristified" whilst still satisfying The Historic Places Trust.


This very small sheep dip (both narrow and short)is in the Devil's Bridge area of Ardgowan and may have been erected in the late 1800s as part of the Ardgowan Estate pastoral run. It is partly carved from native rock (limestone) and partly made from poured mass concrete - and hard to photograph to show that! Possibly a nice survivor of the very early days of sheep farming in North Otago


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