Story: Building stone

Quarrying Tākaka marble

Quarrying Tākaka marble

These workers at the Tākaka Hill marble quarry are using traditional tools – chisels, sledge hammers and crowbars. Chisels were hammered into cracks to widen them until a block was worked loose. The work was slow and difficult, and is now largely performed by hydraulic machinery.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Leslie Hinge Collection (PAColl-3050)
Reference: 1/1-021976; G

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Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, 'Building stone - Limestone and marble', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, published 12 Jun 2006