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Mt Wellington quarry, Auckland

Mt Wellington quarry, Auckland

The quarries provided bluestone metal, and stone for walls and kerb edging. Dick Lavas, from the Adriatic island of Korčula, had dug gum and worked on railway construction before he started quarrying in the early 1920s. By the late 1920s stonemasons came directly to Mt Wellington from Korčula to work on various Dalmatian-run quarries. The wives of these men followed their husbands in the 1930s.

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Carl Walrond, 'Dalmatians - Farming, fishing, winemaking', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015