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Bluff ... Did You Know...
Bluff Granite Quarry
Lying in a south west direction from the western end of McDougall St, Bluff's granite quarry was worked from
early in the 20th century until it became a victim of the great depression in the 1930s.
The roar of granite saws could be heard across the town
as they rasped their way through blocks of stone.
In the adjoining photograph you can see the main
factory where finished product was turned out. The main
saw is out of sight to the left of the motor room in this
picture. The polishing bay is in the centre, opposite the man
in the dray. The far end housed an area where headstones
The smithy, where the drills and metal wedges were
serviced, was at the end opposite where the horse is
standing. The building in the centre of this photograph
housed only an extra saw. Most of the blocks of stone in the
foreground were off-cuts that would have been broken up
and sold as spall, residue of the working process.
The site from where the rock was extracted was
about a quarter mile further up the hill, directly
behind the factory site.
Stone was quarried in the following manner.
Compressed air driven drills made a series of holes
in the desired shape and steel wedges were driven
into these holes. Small explosive charges neatly
blasted the granite blocks out and they were
carried to the working area for sawing and
Stone hewn from Bluff's granite quarry was
recognised as being the hardest and of superior
quality to any other in the country.
In its hey-day about 20 men worked at the quarry.
They included a team of about 10 Danes expert in
masonry. These men crafted the Bluff War
Memorial, an obelisk with a beautiful polished
surface that wind and weather cannot tarnish. This
is situated on the Marine Parade waterfront and
cost around 800 pounds, a huge sum at this time. A
magnificent tribute to Bluff's lost sons it was
unveiled by Prime Minister W.F. Massey on 6 April
1924. The Chief Post Office in Dunedin was the first
building to be built of Bluff granite. Invercargill War
Memorial and a small number of private Invercargill
residences were also made of Bluff granite. The Invercargill
courthouse in Don Street features Bluff granite on the lower
At the time of closure only four staff remained - Stan Millen
(boss), Harold Holden (polisher), Ivan Nelson and Reg
Got something happening? Invite us along.
What: Young Enterprise Scheme Trade Fair.
Who: Year 12 and 13 students exhibiting their business ideas and
selling their products.
Where: The Warehouse.
When: Friday, August 17.
Want to buy our photos? Contact the photography department at
the Southland Times, in Esk St, for price and size details.
Southland Girls' High School pupils, from left,
Amy Wilton, 17, Hana Karaitiana, 16, Roimata
Coote, 16, and Leanna Heathcote, 16, from
Forever Young, selling body piercing jewellery.
James Hargest College pupils
Tamara Adams, 17, left, and Laura
Kirkwood, 17, from business
Swheat Heartz. The girls were
selling their wheat-filled heat pads.
Southland Girls' High School pupils Latisha
Lamont, 16, left, and Jessica Wilkie, 16, from
business Smell of Southland. They were
selling their homemade scented moisturiser.
Southland Girls' High
School pupils Freya
George, 16, Rhiannah
Mahon, 16, Alicia
McGee, 16, and
Nadege Orianne, 16,
from business Young
Wild and Free, selling
their cups and sugar-
Southland Girls' High School
pupil Ebony Toft, 17, from
Enterprises, selling recipe
Southland Girls' High School
pupils Eden Warrender, 16,
left, and Lesley Neho, 16,
from Emanon Enterprises
selling their pen diaries.
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