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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Good day Lennart. Some time ago you commented on a Google Groups page about my use of Panoramio to document and explore specific aspects of local (New Zealand) history through the use of photos and text on Panoramio. Panoramio is a wonderful tool for telling stories because, as well as the image, you have the geograpic information (Geo-coded onto Google Earth)and nearly unlimited text capacity in the description field.

Just as in this photograph of mine;

not a great photograph but it is on Panoramio as part of my "project" to document the history of this breakwater and to bring it to the attention of anyone who might be interested in more than how pretty or good the photo is.

I am explicitly supported by the Panoramio moderators and yes, I do post old photos and photos that are not my own!!

I receive nothing but good comments, and I understand why you wondered if Panoramio's rules had changed to allow the posting of photos that are NOT mine and of MACHINES and INTERIORS. I guess that the Panoramio moderators understand that the website has potential that isn't fully taken up yet and I am very pleased. Automatic web-site generation robots that target the travelling public have picked up my photos and so the Internet now has many many instances where people who are not New Zealanders can see what this country has to offer.

I also understand how it is of value to photographers who do take clever and beautiful photos of this amazing world, but I think that the Goggle people can see everyones' point of view. I have made it clear on some of my posts, that I have no copyright release for an occasional photo and I do post photos from others with their permission.

This picture of yours therefore, COULD be accompanied with an explanation of what the place is and what it's significance for the history of the area is or was - think about it! We have the power not only to fascinate others but also to teach and educate.

Good wishes

Bruce Comfort

Thanks. I see you also post photos which are not your own in order to get information out into the world. Panoramio bends the rules for us . . .and apparently we are not going to loose Panoramio.

Thanks Bruce! I used to work a couple of exits South of here. I find it to be a great place to decompress over lunch

Can you tell me in English, what this is?

A hydro-electric plant was installed at the Wachusett Dam in Clinton, in 1911, for the purpose of generating electric energy for sale as a by-product from the operation of the Water Works, and, so far as known, this was the first instance where water drawn for water supply purposes was used for generating electric energy for industrial purposes. In 1916 a hydro-electric plant was installed at the Sudbury Dam in Southborough for a similar purpose, and, in 1917, a high tension transmission line, 16 miles in length, was constructed to connect these power stations, which have a combined capacity of

7,000 horse power. At Sudbury Dam surge tanks were necessary below the water wheels for satisfactory regulation of the plant, and as the tanks would be unsightly if constructed below the dam,, they were pro- vided by excavating chambers out of sight in the solid ma- sonry of the dam. The gross revenue from the operation of these stations has varied from $60,000 to $96,000 a year and the net profits from the opera- tions average about 30% of the total revenue.

Why was the factory built, as it only had a short life, unless it was for some of the hydro projects in the area.

GREEN with envy. My kind of place. Keep up the good work.

Evan. I've been following some of the debate about the imminent transition of the Panoramio content to Views.

If you take a moment to look at my Panoramio pages (User 1283331) you will hardly find a single photo of a sunset or a river or a butterfly - just hard-core educational stuff with text FOR WHICH I HAVE BEEN VERY GRATEFUL.


I will be sad to lose any functionality in the change.


Bruce Comfort Oamaru New Zealand

This pic shows the relative position of the band of limestone which was quarried for David Hutchinsons lime kiln. Local "knowledge" is that these are "Maori Caves" showing the lack of appreciation in the general community, for North Otago's industrial heritage. The limestone may have been won by mass excavation of the face of the bluff until it became so far below the surface that a bit of room-and-pillar quarrying was justified. IT looks like some 30 or 50 cubic metres of limestone may have been extracted from the small chambers excavated into the thin seam (700 - 100 thick) before the operation ceased. Much still needs to be researched about this location and its hidden or missing kiln before the geological reserve can be properly appreciated.

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