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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This is one of a series of photographs taken by me to help build this website.

Visitors to New Zealand with an interest in our history may find this a valuable resource,

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LIKE fascinating old house, is it the Kiwi version of the forgotten Little House on the prairie??

very nice shot, beautiful architecture

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This small quarry was New Zealand's first Geological Reserve. It's value lay in the nice glimpse it gave of New Zealand about 35 million years ago - but it has another less well recognised significance as it was almost certainly the quarry from which David Hutchinson took stone for a lime burning exercise which was sufficiently successful for him to advertise the sale of burnt lime "from the Oamaru kilns" Where the kiln or kilns were remains a mystery to me at this time as there are no obvious relics nearby and housing in Glen Street may have obliterated whatever was there. It is pretty clear that whatever kiln was running had a short life as there is no other quarry site in Glen Gully and this is but a small scrape.

I hope this damage at least allows DoC staff and NZHPT people to make a good record of and interpretation of the construction of this kiln.

The craftsmanlike and very attractive outer stone skin belies the inner chaos of rubble fill and what appears to be an unlined inner furnace. Surely the furnace was lined with fire bricks ?

The material between the outer wall and furnace surface is substantially made up of small stone and fine (limestone) which would have made logistic sense at the time but this material would particularly have transmitted non-reversible expansion force initiated outward movements. Without restraining bands in tension, a kiln like this is going to have a limited life - earthquakes or no earthquakes.

I hope to follow up on the interpretation of the furnace lining shortly.


All the limestone around the Staveley area is flaky like this, but moderately hard only. The advantages of easy quarrying and breaking would have been offset by higher waste both at quarrying (pieces ending up too small) and lower burning efficiency (smaller pieces slow down the burning by "packing" and restricting air flow in the kiln)

The quarries associated with the Pot Kiln were connected to it by a tramline which can still be traced. The Quarries are on private land adjacent and no access is possible. They form an interesting warren of cuts and tunnels and excavations as the limestone which burned best was traced and preferentially quarried.


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