Story: Rock, limestone and clay

Ceramics factory kiln

Ceramics factory kiln

Probably photographed around the end of the 19th century, these two workers are hauling a load past the kiln in a Christchurch ceramics factory. Piles of coal used to fire the kiln are in the foreground. Clay was fired into bricks, roofing tiles and drainpipes. In many New Zealand towns, kiln smokestacks were a familiar sight on the skyline.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
Reference: 1/1-019529; G
Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Clay', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006